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Raise Your Digital Kid™ by Galit Breen

A course for parents and educators who are ready to keep up with their kids' online use ... even as they start to know more about your devices than you do.

 

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RAISE YOUR DIGITAL KID™

A step-by-step process for teaching your kids how to be balanced, safe, wise, and KIND online leaders.

What if you could actually know what your kids are doing online, connect with them because of technology not despite it, and get their complete buy in into what you need them to know?


Oh, and be crystal clear on what those "need to know" things even are?


Here’s a secret: You can.


Does any of this sound familiar?

You want to talk to your kids about the online world, but they just seem so young, too young, for all of this and maybe even kind of naive, so where do you begin?

You have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to apps and security settings, but you still don’t know which ones to use or if your kids are getting around them once they are in place.

You HAD a solution in place with a setting or an app or even by turning off the wifi at a certain time, but now they need to be online for school work or they’ve figured out how to get around your system or they saw something you didn’t want them to at a friend’s house. And now what are you supposed to do?


Your 5th grader claims all her friends are on Snapchat, but you haven't gone there yet and you need to navigate it yourself. But all of your friends have different, and very vocal, opinions on its age appropriateness and what to do or where to start?


Or maybe you've decided to say no to Snapchat because you can't monitor it, but then another new "it" app comes along and here we go again ...


You told your kids to not / send that photo / post that comment / search that word / play that game / 1000 times, but they did it anyway.

Every single time you bring this all up, you have to brace yourself because you know that the eye roll and “I KNOW” are coming … just like you served up to your mom when she wanted to watch after school specials with you. (Sorry, mom!)

Did you raise your hand to any (or all) of the above? Good. You are SO in the right spot.

When it comes to talking to our kids about the Internet, I know one thing for sure:
The amount of differing—and very opinionated—information out there is ... overwhelming.


We're the first generation of parents and teachers raising digital kids without ever having been them, which means that we can't fall back on the lessons of our youth to inform what and when we want to teach our kids about this.


Some side effects of this realization are: gulp-ing, denial, fear, resistance, over Facebook status-ing about the "state of the Internet" or "Kids + Screens = Too much."


In my experience, most parents and educators are completely overwhelmed trying to figure out what to teach their kids about how the Internet is meant to be used. Some even wonder if they should be doing so.


What on earth can you possibly teach your so-called "digital native?"


I have the answer. But first, I have another question for you:

Can you remember the last time you felt really great about the amount of time your kids were spending in front of screens + what they were doing on those screens?


Don't worry if you're not raising your hand this time! To be honest, the last time most of us felt that good and that confident about our right-in-this-very-moment parenting was while reading, What To Expect While You're Expecting or maybe, The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy.


Being in the trenches means only knowing if we're doing it correctly years after we're in it, right? But what if it didn't have to be that way?


What if you, proud mama, could:


—> Know exactly what your kids are up to online.

—> Be a part of those decisions—purposefully, mindfully, and positively.

—> Have insight and forethought to what you think about the online world and how you use it before you ever really need it so you're 100% prepared when you do.

—> Teach your kids exactly what they need to know to be balanced, safe, wise, and kind online leaders like they're meant to be.

—> And stay relevant, up to date, in the know and 100% aligned to your values—all at the same time.


Hint: You so can!

If the thought of teaching your children about how the Internet is meant to be used makes you cringe, worry, or freak out that you haven't even gone there yet, I'm here to tell you that you're not alone!


Even teachers feel the resistance when they sit down to try and sort all of the information out.


However, cringing is not the answer. And neither is ignoring this topic.


I bet you a lifetime supply of chai lattes that there is a list a mile long of things that your kids need to know, do, and definitely not do with their online use that you haven't even thought of yet.


And that, my friend, is why I created a solution ...

Raise Your Digital Kid™ is a 5-part system that walks you through the process of raising a balanced, safe, wise, and kind digital kid.

Unlike other information out there, I will never tell you to keep your kids off line, because that's not realistic.


But I will show you how to take the great kids you already have and turn them into balanced, safe, wise, and kind online leaders.



Because that's what's necessary.

I'm giving you my entire raising (and teaching) a digital kid process. This process is the foundation of my modern positive parenting and teaching and is the same step-by-step method that I use to teach my own kids and students what they need to know.

Raise Your Digital Kid™ is made up of 4 core modules. Inside each module you'll find the specific videos, guide books, workbooks, and cheatsheets you need to plan and have every important conversation with your kids about the online world.


And yes, I use my own resources to create my conversations!

"Galit is such a blessing to parents everywhere trying to maneuver social media with their kids."

—Sarah

 

Let me take you back to what my parenting and teaching were like BEFORE I discovered my Ongoing Dialogue system.


I was struggling. All the time. I had no idea what my kids were really doing online even though I was “hustling” to keep up with every new app and text code that my friends were posting on Facebook. I loved my kids and the way our family had open conversations, but after months of telling my kids to be careful and to make good choices with little overall buy in and openness from them, I wondered what I was doing wrong.

How do other people seem to have kids who are really great and kind online (+ off) AND that listen to what they have to say (+ open up to them) so easily?


So as an on-a-whim effort to connect with my kids over technology like we did about other topics when they were younger, I started experimenting with teaching conversations.


At the time, I only dug into my teaching roots to teach my kids skills like reading, writing, and turn-taking. (Sound familiar?)

So, I changed my strategy. Experimented with different ideas. And what happened?


I understood the ins and outs of how kids use the online world.


I knew how to begin this conversation with the youngest of kids.



I effortlessly kept this conversation wide open as my kids got older so that it was effective and they were actually listening.



Today, after fully implementing my proven Raise Your Digital Kid™ system with all three of my kids, at all different ages, my relationship with my oldest is as close as it was when she was little and my younger two kids understand the ins and outs of how to be wise online better than most adults do. Unheard of.



So if teaching conversations are so great, why isn’t everyone getting such great results?


I asked myself that same question, too. But the reason is because …


Most people are doing it the wrong way.

Ongoing Dialogue is one of the most underutilized and powerful parenting and teaching tools you can use, no matter how old your kids are, but it won’t provide results if you don’t know how to use it purposefully.


Heres the deal: Most people clump Digital Ed in as a “Big Talk”—a one time conversation.

Digital Ed is NOT a one time talk. It’s a long term conversation. Which means you have to use different strategies to teach it. (But when you DO use them your kids will have an endless + unstoppable advantage.)

Once you start using the system I teach in Raise Your Digital Kid™, it will completely transform your parenting (and family!).

You’ll have a clear understanding of what your kids are doing online, an exact plan for how to start this conversation with the youngest of kids, complete buy in from even the most talented of eye-rollers, a deep understanding of not just WHAT to teach your kids but HOW to teach it so that they’re listening, learning, and benefiting from the conversations.

And the peace of mind that you’re teaching your kids what they really need to know. Things like what apps to use and which ones to stay far away from, how to limit their “wandering” online without strict time limits, nagging, or nay-saying (Yes, really!), and how to make the wisest of choices about the trickiest of topics without awkwardness (yours or theirs), and so much more.

"What Galit teaches is the talk we need to have. Parents have NO idea what is happening, what our kids are doing, and they’re handing keys over to a world that can’t be unseen. THANK YOU to Galit for waking us all up!"

—Alexandra

 

Let's take a look at how each part breaks down:

MODULE 1 // SET UP THE SYSTEM FOR AN ONGOING DIALOGUE


Goal: In this module we will lay the foundation for how to talk to our children about any and all current and upcoming conversations about how the Internet is meant to be used. This is the magic sauce of the whole system, and it's going to set you up for success long term.


  • Learn how to set the foundation for this long-haul conversation
  • Set up your system for how to discuss all things cell phone, app, and online related
  • Create a cell phone contract that works
  • Implement my signature “Consequence + Fix” system
  • Get access to all of the teaching tools that I use to teach my kids and students everything

MODULE 2 // ONLINE SAFETY


Goal: Redefine what we mean and want from keeping our kids safe online. (Hint: This is one of those we can't parent them like we'll always be there situations. We have to teach them exactly what they need to know to make the kinds of choices that will keep themselves safe online.)


  • Learn the anatomy of a great + effective mini lesson (This the secret sauce to direct teaching without overwhelm!)
  • Redefine what it means to keep our kids safe online (Once we redefine it in this new way, keeping them safe won't feel like such an overwhelmingly big job.)
  • Create a system for how to do my signature Together Cell Phone Check (This will become a regular part of your system and won't feel like "one more thing to do" very, very soon.)
  • Teach the nitty-gritty details of The PAUSE, which is the underlying lesson to everything else that we will be teaching our kids and students about their online use

MODULE 3 // ONLINE WISDOM


Goal: Break down the double meaning of online privacy and teach our kids and students what this means for all of our posting habits. (Understanding this nuanced, layered concept is what can change everything for our kids.)


  • Distill the double meaning of online privacy
  • Teach your kids to focus on what they post rather than where they post
  • Navigate the murky waters of how far reaching posts can be
  • Dig into who can really see what we post (today + later)
  • Lay down the hard facts about the consequences that these facts carry

MODULE 4 // ONLINE KINDNESS


Goal: Learn how to take the wonderful kids and students who we already have and teach them how to be the online leaders and change makers who we all need.


  • Learn how to take the wonderful kids and students who we already have and teach them how to be the online leaders and change makers who we all need
  • Understand the details of how to teach our kids that they can be the ones to make a difference online
  • Teach them how to see themselves as the change makers and the leaders
  • Create the actionable steps that they can take to do this in, first, small ways and, then, bigger, more long term ways
  • Pass the change-making torch onto your kids and students

Raise your Digital Kid™ costs $200

 

This is what the course looks like on the inside:

I don't want you to procrastinate teaching your kids what they need to know. That's why in the 5th part of this system you also get access to more than $1K of bonuses to hold you accountable.

 






BONUS NO. 1 //

ACCESS TO THE 24/7 LIVE GROUP CHAT

(VALUE: $299)


Access to our 24/7 live group chat where you can connect with other like minded parents and teachers and Galit. This is super powerful and key to all of our success—all of us and our kids are better off when we are in this together. Get feedback, insight, and support from whoever is online.

 






BONUS NO. 2 //

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH 3 PARENTING THOUGHT LEADERS

(VALUE: $750+)


Behind the scenes access to three trainings with thought leaders about their digital ed topics. These are heavy hitting issues that, yes, absolutely pertain to all of our kids, and these experts share their blueprints for how they teach these to their own kids so that you can teach yours.


TOPICS COVERED:


—> Cyber Safety + Cyber Bullying Laws

—> Sexting + Porn Searches

—> Becoming Allies + How To Help If Your Child Is Targeted

 





BONUS NO. 3 //

PRINTABLES GALORE

(VALUE: $299)

Printables galore, and I do mean galore. Every cheat sheet, every script, every checklist, every resource, is yours (in color and in black and white, in case you don't always want to make color copies!). Whenever you want to use something, just pop into the course and print what you need.

 





BONUS NO. 4 //

LIFETIME ACCESS TO THE MATERIALS

(VALUE: $499)


What I mean by lifetime access is two things. The first is that the materials are yours for forever; I want you to have access to what you need when you need it.


And second, if anything at all changes on the Internet (which of course it will) or in best practice methodology or I learn something new or I have a workshop with a new thought leader that I think you need to see, I will simply update the course, let you know that the new material is there, and you will have instant and free access to it all—for forever. I want you to succeed here because success looks like a better, safer, and kinder Internet for all of us and for our kids. That means something to me.

 

“Consider Galit Breen your Rx for parenting our first-generation digital kids! She's brilliant at all things parenting in general, IMO”

—Ann

This course has the power to take you from crossing your fingers and hoping that your kids will be okay online to ensuring that they absolutely thrive.

You've got two choices here ...


You could keep trying to figure all of this stuff out on your own (which often takes even the smartest and savviest moms years to do).


OR...

You could steal my strategies and get massive results in a matter of weeks.


Think about where you want to be six months from now ... or even ONE month from now.


Do you have a proven plan to get there?


You can use the step-by-step process I teach in Raise Your Digital Kid™ to help you achieve your modern positive parenting and teaching goals faster than you thought was possible.


What will you choose?

There are some big misconceptions about what it takes to teach kids how the Internet is meant to be used. Here are some things I want you to know before you purchase Raise Your Digital Kid™:


—> You need to forget everything you know about age restrictions and app guidelines. Most of us have a big mess of tips and tricks we've gathered from blog posts and Pinterest. Raise Your Digital Kid™ is an entire step-by-step system with an approach unlike any you've ever seen.


—> Teaching our children what they need to know is equally about sharing the right information and sharing it in the right (relationship building) way. This system tackles both because I want you to be able to use it to create any conversation about any topic that comes your and your kids' way.


—> It does take some time to set up a system like this. There's no such thing as starting too soon. For those of you who want an exact answer, I do recommend setting aside 1-2 weeks for each module.


—> Do your children feel just so young—too young—for this? This absolutely applies to you! It may sound crazy, but I actually recommend starting these conversations way before you have a tween with their own phone at home. Raise Your Digital Kid™ will help you to hash out the details of your most vital conversations. More importantly, I'll help you make sure that they're easy to implement and super effective.

 











Hi there, I'm Galit Breen. Best selling author, TEDx speaker, parent educator, teacher, researcher, mom. I'm going to help you raise and teach your digital kids.


I have an MA in Education, I was a reading and classroom teacher for 10 years and I have been freelance writing in print and online for 8 years now for places including The Huffington Post; The Washington Post, Brain, Child Magazine; allParenting; Everyday Family; TIME, and more.


In 2014 I wrote an article about marriage and the comments that came in on it were about my weight and how fat I looked in my wedding dress. Even though I had been working online for years, I was hit really hard by this.


A few months later, when I pulled myself together, I wrote a second article calling out my fat shamers and calling for online kindness. That article went viral giving me the platform to become a voice for online kindness.


In between these two events, something much more interesting happened at my house: my tween decided that she would like to get online. The thought of sending her into a space where something like that had just happened to me terrified me.


So I had three choices:


1. I could say, "no." (This was tempting.)


2. I could say, "yes," and ignore my worries. (This was also tempting.)


3. Or I could buck up and teach her what she really needed to know about how the Internet is meant to be used. (Honestly? This was not at all tempting. But it was the right thing to do.)

And that's how I got here.

My first book Kindness Wins, a simple, no-nonsense guide to teaching our kids how to be kind online, has been an Amazon #1 bestseller several times since it was first released in the spring of 2015 and I gave my TEDx Talk, "Raising a Digital Kid Without Ever Having Been One" in the fall of 2015.


If you are so over vague, surface level online safety advice and ready to actually teach your kids and students what they need to know about how the Internet is meant to be used so that you can make an impact + raise a leader, we're going to get along just fine.


Since implementing my Raise Your Digital Kid™ system, I've figured out how kids are using the online world, how to teach them what they really need to know about it, and how to make sure they're actually listening and learning.


So even if your kids are young, they roll their eyes when you bring these things up, or you have no idea if what you're teaching, monitoring, or nagging about is the right thing, Raise Your Digital Kid™ will become the course that changes everything for you (and for your kids).

 
















I'm sharing my personal process with you so that you can see what I've done. But what's really incredible is what my students have been able to do!

“After telling Galit’s story to several classes at school, I came across an Instagram post by one of the students, a student who specializes in snark. He was highlighting a secret Instagram account from our school that poked fun at people. He was asking his followers to report them because, “… this is bullying and we don’t tolerate bullying at our school.” It was a huge move for him and it sparked a big conversation in the comments section—all of it supportive!”

—Kristin

Raise your Digital Kid™ costs $197

 

“I feel like I’ve been given such a wonderful gift. I feel so much better equipped to navigate the online world with my kids now. I’ve been so afraid to say yes to social media with my tween. You helped me see that social media is a way that kids are connecting these days and it’s not my job to restrict my kids from engaging in that, but rather to help them navigate it with kindness. And I love that you gave concrete ways of how to do that! A million thanks!”

—Carmen

When you use Raise Your Digital Kid™ to teach your kids how the Internet is meant to be used, you'll finally find that sweet spot between teaching your kids what they need to know and being 100% relationship focused.

—> Create an open, honest, and very real ongoing dialogue with your kids and students about something that is absolutely a part of their lives and is here to stay.


—> Maintain a working and replicable system in place for this hard conversation and that will grow with them for all of the future tricky conversations that are definitely on their way.


—> Claim the chance to be the expert, support, and guide in what really matters: what your kids and students need to know to maneuver online—today and everyday.


—> Get a closer relationship and bond with your child and students as they get older, because of the system you'll have in place to discuss these topics—the right way.


—> Find your tribe. Remember when we needed someone to tell us about the right diapers, baby food, and ever-changing sleep cycles? This is like that. We need each other.


—> Enjoy the peace of mind knowing that you're not just crossing your fingers that your kids and students will be amazing online. You're doing everything possible to ensure that they are. This is the real deal.

If you put the lessons into action and are not satisfied with the results, I'll buy it back from you.


By purchasing Raise Your Digital Kid™, you agree to the following policy:


If you use the worksheets, implement the strategies, and are still not satisfied with your results, I will pay you $197 to get the course back from you. No hard feelings, only well wishes. I would never want you to be unhappy.


Here's the catch: I do ask that you do the work. To qualify for a refund, you will need to submit your completed worksheets, cheatsheets, calendars, and workbooks and show that you used them and participated in the live group chat, within 14 days of purchase.


Because I deliver the entire course upon purchase, this policy is in place to ensure that people don't download the course, ask for a refund, and then save the downloads for free. (Though I know you won't do that!)

"I have to be honest. Even as a blogger, I realised how social media “illiterate” I was when I read about everything kids are doing online these days."

—Jennie

Who is a good fit for Raise Your Digital Kid™?

—> Parents

—> Teachers

—> Counselors

—> Coaches

—> Youth Group Leaders

—> Parent Educators

—> Scout Leaders

—> Religious Education Leaders

You are the important adults in your children's lives and you have the greatest chance of making an impact here.

“You don't know how much I need this right now! I've just been defaulting to "no" when the kids ask for a new game or app. This digital age is hard. Thanks for doing the heavy lifting!”

—Ellen

Who is this course not for?

—> People who are looking for a product that will parent and teach for you. Not only does this not really exist, but do you really want it to? The crux of my course is based on this fact: there is no substitute for purposeful parenting.


—> People who are not ready to invest in the time it takes to dive into these conversations with their children and students. Truth time? If your kids are on their devices 24:7 or are posting or engaging in things that you don't want them to? That's on you. Let's put in the work to fix that hot mess. The shortcut I'm offering you is to the right information and the right way to teach it.


—> People whose children are in crisis because of something that has happened online. I am not a doctor, a lawyer, or a therapist. I highly recommend seeking out professional, licensed help if you or someone you love is depressed because of cyber bullying. This is not to be taken lightly! Another viable resource is reaching out to e safety dot gov or giving your child access to this Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 I do recommend keeping a pulse on these interactions.

What happens when you buy:


Step 1: Create an account. This is entering your email address and creating a user name and password.


Step 2: Enroll in this course via credit card or PayPal.


Step 3: You'll get immediate + lifetime access to everything—including any updates or additions.


Step 4: You'll receive a welcome email with login information and an invitation to our private group so that you can dive into the information OR ask your happening-in-your-home-right-now questions. Make sure to tag me and introduce yourself—I hold your hand every step of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I pay for this course when I can find tons of free advice online?

It's true. There is a lot of free information out there, it's overwhelming! Not only is it crazy-time consuming to wade through it all, most of it is opinion-based, rather than researched, tried, and tested like this course is. I've waded through it for you and Raise Your Digital Kid™ is the shortcut to the right information—organized and handed to you with step-by-step directions how to use it.


What age group is this for?

The target age group is 2nd-5th grades, with a “halo” around our tweens (middle schoolers) who might already be online. In an ideal world, we want to start these conversations with our kids as young as possible, so the foundations are laid when we need them to be. The reality is that many of our kids are already online, and that’s okay. We just need to approach them a little differently; I’ll show you how to do this!


Is my child still too young for me to fully benefit from the some of the topics that the course is going to cover?

Oh friend, you are so in the right place. I wish I had been as smart and mindful about these things when my kids were younger. If you start now, this is just how these systems will be in your home. You will not have to unteach any bad habits like I did. Although I can't promise anything about the need to reteach, because kids. :) And this is one reason why I offer lifetime access to the information + any and all updates that I make to the course. I've got you long-term.


I'm afraid I'll buy this and forget about it; I've never taken an online course before.

Every two weeks you will receive notes directly in your Inbox to point you in the direction of the next module. These will include what you'll be learning, how much time to set aside and even a direct link into the module and where that module's group discussion is happening. I promise to be there with you every step of the way!


I have a habit of not completing online courses even when they are free.

There's a reason why accountability groups are so popular. Our private course group will support you every step of the way. We're a tight-knit community and you have access to me and your classmates in there. (Also, I give you the scheduling techniques that I use to help manage this! I so get it, busy mama!)


The only real issue we have right now is figuring out how much access to give our kids on their devices. We haven't had any problems, they have great friends!

Only preparing oursleves for the, "are they spending too much time online?" question is short sighted. Harsh, but true. Here's why: It would be like only teaching our kids how to crawl, but not walk; swim with floaties, but not on their own; ride a bike with training wheels, but not without; hold our hand to cross the street, but not look both ways when they’re crossing on their own. It’s the first step, not the only step.


At this stage of my child's life, my issue is about limiting the amount of time spent on his iPad.

So many people start here! Not only is there is a bonus lesson on how to set up a balanced system in your home which will help you teach your kids how to self regulate, find balance, and eliminate the arguing, I also teach you how to set up a system to discuss these topics in a relationship building way. No one wants to feel like the iPad police!


Why should I care about starting an ongoing conversation about this? My kid would never make mistakes like these.

Kids are wired to make mistakes. Period. Do you remember being young and impulsive and feeling 100% invincible? Our kids and students feel exactly the same way, except that they're armed with a tool that gives them and their mistakes access to a much wider world than we ever had, and the wide world access to them in a way that never affected us.


Is this course exactly 30 days?

Actually, no. If you are feeling the urgency to get through the material quickly and get this information implemented right away—like if something has already gone wrong with cell phone use with your kids or students, for example—you can absolutely power through every lesson in 30 days or less. But you have lifetime access to the course, the materials, any updates, and me. This course is meant to meet you where you and your kids and students are and is 100% self paced.


What if I don’t have time to start it right now?

That’s a-okay. The course, the materials, the videos, the bonuses, your support system, your peers, me—everything—will be here when you’re ready to start. If you want to join now and take advantage of the 24/7 live group chat today and dive in more deeply into the rest of the materials later, you absolutely can.


Would I be free to share what I learn in your course with students and other parents?

You can absolutely learn the information and teach it to your kids and students. I hope that you do! The only things you can't do is share your password with peers or teach the information as your own.


Do you cover big topics for older kids?

I do, in two ways. The bonus module includes three workshops with experts about Cyber Safety + Cyber Bullying Laws, Sexting + Porn Searches, and Becoming Allies + How To Help If Your Child Is Targeted. Also, I teach you how to set up a system where where you know how to talk to your kids about even the trickiest of topics and, most importunity, they know to come talk to you.


This seems like a lot of information, so it's a little overwhelming.

You're right, it is a lot of information! It is all organized by topic and with step-by-step directions. Instead of piece-mealing this together one pin or one Facebook post at a time, it's all in one place, with specific steps to take and the exact order to take them in. Also, you'll have my support and the support of your classmates every single step of the way.


I'm an expert in the field. Will I still learn anything in this course?

The course is set up so an educator could use each section as ready-to-use lessons plans. As a former classroom teacher, I know exactly how important it is to keep learning and growing what we know and do, but that time is short and we're already stretched in so many directions. Consider this your curriculum.


Why should I buy this right now?

Don't let tomorrow turn into next week, next month, or next year. Or even worse, don't wait for something bad to happen with your kids' online use and be forced to scramble, stress, and react. Start turning your kids and students into balanced, safe, wise, and kind digital kids today.


Have more Q's?

Contact me at galitbreen@theselittlewaves.net to ask me anything.

"Our kids ARE going to be OK ... if we help them the way Galit teaches us to."

—Debbie

It's your time to make a BIG impact + difference.


If you want to understand what your kids are doing online, teach them what they need to know, and connect with your kids because of technology NOT despite it, then Raise Your Digital Kid™ is the step-by-step system you need to make it happen, fast.

This course is not open for enrollment.

“Galit Breen is a genius, and she just might be the person to get me through raising kids in a digital age with my sanity intact. So obey me when I tell you to read this.”

—Kelly