Good Digital Parenting
Blog | Dec. 3, 2012

West High Bros Helping Teens With and Without Technology


Ever since I announced that I started @westhighbros, people come up to Jon (another member of @westhighbros who went public) and me with gratitude and they tell us how much the account means to them, tell us stories of how we’ve helped them, ask us to homecoming, or give us chocolates and hugs. 

Don’t get me wrong I love the gratitude and I don’t think anyone can say no to chocolate, but @westhighbros wasn’t started to get attention, gratitude, or sweets. In fact, people make us into more than we really are. We aren’t nicer than anyone else, we aren’t better than anyone else. Anyone can be a “westhighbro,” there’s no rule saying you need anonymous Facebook and Twitter accounts to say nice things to people. As a matter of fact, there’s no reason not to say nice things to people. Everyone has flaws but if you can find the genuine good in everyone, it can help make the world a more beautiful place. 

Nowadays people are so connected, managing their lives from a little 1.5”x3” phone screen. Despite being so connected, it’s sometimes hard for people to appreciate all the wonderful things around them. Now, I’m not saying everyone needs to go out in the world and hug trees. What I am saying is that it’s our responsibility to try to notice the little miracles that make our world great and help spread the word about them. Noticing these little marvels has helped me become a happier person, it helped make the @westhighbros account and it has helped fuel the account for so long.