Hello and welcome back! You are listening to Find Your Kind the podcast with your host Delaney Janks. You’re currently listening to this podcast on the Hopewell Valley Student Publications Network where students come together to publish content to share with the world. Please note that the opinions expressed in this episode are mine, and mine alone. In this episode, “Cyber-Kind”, I’ll be discussing ways you can be kind on the internet and how to promote an overall more positive digital atmosphere.
Segment 1: Importance
The internet and its bad reputation
The internet/social media don’t have to be a place full of negativity
Everytime you log on, you have the power to impact people all around the world
It’s easy to be kind in real life, but it can be even easier to be kind on social media
Segment 2: What can you do
Our attachment to social media
Being off of social media is harder than we think
Allows us to make connections with people we can’t otherwise communicate with
You feel like you’re missing out
Great things about social media:
Allows us to listen to and express different perspectives on things and become more open-minded thinkers
Gives us access to so many forms of education
Connects us with people
Being online can also be quite toxic and is for a lot people detrimental to their mental health
There’s a place where users forget that the people you’re interacting with or talking about on social media are actual humans too
For public figures, a lot of people think it's “fair game” to be brutal with them
Brutal comments on happy/innocent content
Everyone is flawed and even well intentioned people make mistakes
Before you bash someone online for something, first think about what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, is it going to help in any way, and are you just doing it to make yourself feel better about something?
Respectfully and privately calling others out when they might be wrong
What are some things we can do to be kinder on social media?
Think before you comment
Don’t like or retweet mean comments
If you do make a mistake online, just own up to it and apologize
Use your social media platform more as a means to spread positivity
Compliment others on social media/make kind comments
Segment 3: Wrap Up
It’s not enough to simply avoid being negative and cruel online; It’s also important to spread kindness
People think that acts of kindness are only for everyday life, but you can just as easily bring kindness online too
When you practice kindness online, you not only spread joy to others, but also create an overall more positive atmosphere on the internet
Make a person on the other side of the screen smile today!!