How many times have you heard the phrase “Cyberbullying?” As I was pondering today about cyberbullying, I started thinking… what’s the opposite of cyberbullying and why doesn’t THAT have a name that is so commonly shared? Meet CyberKindness.
Cyberbullying is using technological means to intimidate, spread rumors/slander, harass, threaten, or otherwise use digital media to abuse someone mentally, emotionally, or verbally.
Cyberkindness is using technological means to uplift, serve, love, improve someone’s day, or otherwise use digital media to make life easier for someone, emotionally strengthen them, or mentally uplift them.
Playworks.org says, “We can prevent bullying by norming prosocial behaviors—people treating one another with kindness and respect, setting expectations of empathy and inclusion, and taking the time to teach kids the skills they need to resolve conflicts and have agency in driving their own education, and by extension, the world around them. This environment is far less hospitable to bullying.”
It makes sense, doesn’t it? By encouraging the positive “CyberKindness” and “norming prosocial behaviors” then kids (and adults) are far more likely to behave in a prosocial, positive way. It’s far more than just telling kids NOT to bully.
There are endless resources about how to stop cyberbullying or teach students about cyberbullying. Some of our favorites are found here at DigCitUtah.
While many of these resources include tips for encouraging #CyberKindness, we need to flood the internet with kindness. This is one reason we started UseTech4Good.com.
Friend Shout-out Friday
Lexie says she is familiar with not feeling appreciated, recognized for your efforts, or included. She recognizes that everyone feels this at some point, so she started the “Friend Shout-out Friday.” At first, she thought of one particular friend, then it snowballed into a list of people to whom she wants to shout-out.
What is Friend Shout-out Friday? Lexie explains it as a public expression of thanks or gratitude. She states, “Whenever my friends are feeling down or I feel like they should be recognized for who they are, I find photos or videos of them that make me smile. I write what I love about them and how they’ve affected so many other people’s lives. I write how I don’t deserve to know them because they are amazing.”
Often, she is so excited to post what she loves about her friends that she ends up posting in the middle of the week or even Monday.
Ripples of Good
Grateful for the posts, her friends always thank her, saying how it made their day.
In addition to seeking out the good in everyone so she can post something positive, Lexie helps others see and share the positive as well. Creating ripples of good in her sphere. The ripples spread. She has found people chime in on her posts praising these friends even more.
She takes time to think of others and remembers the good and kind things they have done. Not only does this uplift others, it uplifts herself.
Such a great example of #UseTech4Good and #CyberKindness.
Some of our favorite #CyberKindness examples are below, please share yours with us.
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