Good Digital Parenting
Blog | April 30, 2013

Doing Good With Technology

Project Administrator, Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)

Last Thursday, we shared some tips to help you do good with technology – from thanking someone you admire to starting an online campaign for a cause you care about. Maybe you decided to spread a little digital kindness last week. Or, maybe you’re planning to but need some additional inspiration first. If you do, you came to the right place!

Over the past few weeks there have been some incredible stories circulating the Web. In response to recent tragedy in Boston, it seems people all over the United States have taken to the Internet to help others recover.

People made online documents filled with offers of food and shelter, input information into databases to help locate friends and family, and even started message boards to deliver pizza and treats to fire departments and hospitals in the area. Strangers and people outside Boston started hashtags on Twitter and pages on Facebook, all to show solidarity and spread a little positivity in a time of misfortune.

But, people doing great things online hasn’t been (and doesn’t have to be) limited to these kinds of events. I read stories every day of people doing nice things with their technology, just because. 

Teens have texted to raise money for hospitals and people have used social media to reunite lost pets with their owners. (If you still aren’t feeling inspired yet, here are 12 more stories just like these to help you feel the good!)

Anyone at any time can pay kindness forward. And, using technology to do it makes it easy and impactful. Around the world, over two billion people have Internet access and six billion people have cell phone subscriptions. That means there are a ton of opportunities to spread some serious virtual goodness!

What can you do to start a chain reaction of online awesomeness or make a digital difference? Tell us in the comment section below.

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