Erase Hate: Promote Kindness

#iCANHELP Campaign continues to spread nationwide with their message that kindness can defeat negativity.

A few negative posts can leave you feeling alone and isolated. However, all it takes is one person noticing something good and complimenting our day to erase all of the negativity that is following us around.

Simple acts of kindness happen everyday and they can make the world of difference in a person’s life.

#iCANHELP Campaign is about deleting negativity on social media but it is also about being a positive warrior in life.  Everything they do is about kindness and compassion towards others.

There many campaigns that I have written about all have positive messages that help promote civility to all online and off.

Check out their latest video – ERASE HATE and take the time to promote kindness in someone that needs to hear it today!

Join them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Remember, don’t change who you are or what you stand for just because you are online!

Whose Side Is Google On?

One of my favorite sites is Digital Citizens Alliance.

Recently they released a dynamic report about exactly how Google potentially profits off of all their free services.

Watch and share with friends.

Check out their Digital Weeds report here.
See newest info-graphic here.
Read their press release here.
See the research here.

Safer Internet Day 2014

safer-internet-calendar-logo1Safer Internet Day (SID) is organized by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.

Safer Internet Day 2014 will be celebrated on 11 February 2014. The tagline for the campaign is “Let’s create a better internet together”.

What can you do to increase family online safety?

Make it a habit to continually learn something new about your gadgets, about a new app, social media site, your privacy settings, even as simple as remembering to change your passwords frequently.

Most importantly keeping those line of communication open with your kids about technology.  As you know the kids are usually a hundred miles ahead of their parents — it is time to be on equal ground.  Share your knowledge with each other – remember to have those face to face conversations.

Digital Citizenship and You

What is digital citizenship?

From the minute you are given any type of technology you are expected to act appropriately with every keystroke and posting as well as text message you send.

Being an upstanding digital citizenship is not any different than being a respectable person offline.  You are expected to treat your peers, adults, teachers and everyone with kindness and respect — it is the same with virtual citizens or sometimes netizens.

This video can give you some insights to how being a digital citizen can affect you.

Great American Smokeout November 21st

My Hand My Reason is this year’s campaign!

Did you know about SWAT?

Students Working Against Tobacco!

SWAT is Florida’s statewide youth organization working to mobilize, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco. They are a united movement of empowered youth working towards a tobacco free future. There’s a group of people on one side selling a product (cigarettes, cigars, hookah, chewing tobacco and more) that some teens are using. Those products are highly addictive and many teens that begin using them are never able to quit. On the other side, groups like SWAT and Tobacco Free Florida, are working to make sure as many teens as possible never start using tobacco.  Learn more!

The Bully Text Extended!

BullyTextDoSomething.org and The Wireless Foundation extend availability of “Bully Text” after over 128,000 young people play the game

Whether the victim of bystander, “Bully Text” educational mobile game empowers young people with strategies on how to stop bullying

DoSomething.org and The Wireless Foundation announce the extension of ‘Bully Text’, a virtual text-based educational game where users choose how to respond to bullies, whether the victim or a bystander, in typical situations at an imaginary high school.

In only three months, more than 128,000 young people learned how to best respond to bullying by participating in “Bully Text.”  With an estimated 160,000 kids skipping school each day to avoid being bullied, DoSomething.org developed ‘Bully Text’ to educate students on how to stop bullying in their schools.

‘Bully Text’ offers a “choose your own adventure” where participants virtually experience different bullying situations and are offered options on how to react. Depending on the users’ responses, the results show them the impacts of their reactions in a safe learning environment.

DoSomething.org found a natural partner in The Wireless Foundation and their mission: bringing organizations, people, and technology together so wireless innovations will continue to enhances lives in communities across the United States.

The campaign is part of DoSomething.org’s proprietary mobile gaming model – through which they built their mobile subscriber list to over 1.3 million young people. With the average teen sending 3,339 texts a month and texts having a 99% open rate; SMS is a powerful tool to effectively engage young people on issues they care about.

“The best way to stop bullying is to step in when you see it,” says Nancy Lublin, CEO and Chief Old Person of DoSomething.org.  ”The Bully Text is like a vitamin in a Twinkie: young people learn how to stop bullying under the guise of playing a game on their phone.”

“Bullying is an issue that many children may face, and the ‘Bully Text’ is a safe way for kids to determine the best response if they find themselves – or are a bystander – in that kind of situation. Our partnership with DoSomething.org on this important initiative engages teens via mobile, their favorite form of communicating, to help them learn how to best handle bullying,” said Steve Largent, President of The Wireless Foundation and President and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association.

Thanks to success of the ‘Bully Text’ campaign, DoSomething.org and The Wireless Foundation will continue to offer the game until January 27, 2014. To find out more about the campaign, visit: http://www.dosomething.org/bullytext or text BULLY to 38383.

About DoSomething.org:

We love teens. They are creative, active, wired…and frustrated that our world is so messed up. DoSomething.org harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about. Almost every week, we launch a new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a real impact and doesn’t require money, an adult, or a car. With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change. Join us at www.DoSomething.org.