5 Parent Tips to Encourage Digital Kindness

January 19, 2022
5 Parent Tips to Encourage Digital Kindness

Digital Compliments

Work to build each other up, instead of tearing them down. A few well chosen words can instantly make someone's day, cheer them up, and give them the motivation they need to keep going. Compliments always feel nice, especially when genuine, specific, and honest. Take the time to write something nice to someone on social media, and the kindness will be sure to come back to you. Kindness is contagious and will rub off on others!

Appreciation Emails

Taking the time to craft a well written thank you email can do wonders to show appreciation for others. Did a soccer coach go above and beyond for your season? Did a teacher take the time to help you understand a concept? Did a family member get you the perfect birthday gift? Be sure to let them know through a thoughtful and unexpected email!

Positive Feedback

Digital content and words are powerful. If you recently enjoyed a local restaurant or had a positive experience at a nearby business be sure to let them know! Your voice and opinion can go a long way to keeping local businesses open, supporting passions, and building connections between community members. It is always nice for someone to read about a job well done or a new place that they should try.

Perspectives With Compassion

There are always two sides to a story, and that statement is even more true when it comes to digital content. Information can easily be left out, articles can lack accuracy, and personal bias can be woven into every sentence. When reading digital content be sure to always consider two different perspectives that demonstrate compassion for others. How might someone else be feeling in this particular situation? Be sure to think critically about every story you read on the web and consider how it can impact others.

Choose The High Road

In our digital world we will always observe tempting situations to add our opinions and responses to a particular post or comment thread. It is important to resist the temptation and choose to hold our thoughts if they aren’t productive, don’t contribute to a positive or successful solution, or lack compassion towards others. Sometimes the high road is the hardest road to take, but it will always be worth it in the end.

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