November 10, 2022

5 ways students can use tech for good to spread kindness

Students can’t be what they can’t see. In fact, one study conducted by researchers at the University of California, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Plymouth, found that when we see someone else doing something to make another person feel good, it inspires us to do the same. Kindness is also shown to positively impact one’s mental health and well-being. 

There are many ways that students, educators, and parents can incorporate kindness into their daily lives. In fact, technology gives us the tools to do so right at our own fingertips. Follow along to see how you can empower students to make a difference this World Kindness Day! 

5 Ways to Use Tech For Good

When we use tech for good, we are using it in high-character ways and to promote positivity. Here are some ways you and your students can use tech for good this World Kindness Day! 

Show your appreciation 

  • A phone call or text message showing your appreciation can go a long way! Send a message to a friend, family member, or someone you know and let them know that you are thinking of them.  

Send someone a playlist or song that reminds you of them 

  • We all know a song that reminds us of a friend or family member. Find a playlist, music video on YouTube, or even a poem that makes you think of someone.

Share good news 

  • Find an article or news story online that inspires you and share it with your friends! 

Surprise someone! 

  • Venmo a friend or family member $5 for a coffee or snack on you. 

Bonus: Be kind to yourself! 

  • Being kind to ourselves and our bodies is just as important as being kind to others. We can prioritize our own well-being and mental health by limiting screen time, doing activities that make us feel good, and spending time with those we love. Learn how to create a self-care plan by registering for our upcoming webinar. 

TSI’s Take

Small acts of kindness go a long way. In our Grade 4 Curriculum Lesson, Making Kindness Contagious in Our School Community, students reflect on how they feel when they are included and celebrated by others and brainstorm ways to stop bullying – both online and offline. 

This World Kindness Day, remind your students that:

  • Research shows performing acts of kindness makes others perform their own acts of kindness
  • What you say can make an impact on how others feel 
  • When you are kind to someone else, you are kind to yourself

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The Social Institute (TSI) is the leader in understanding student experiences and creator of #WinAtSocial, a gamified, online learning platform that equips students, educators, and families to navigate social experiences — online and offline — in healthy ways. Our unique, student-respected approach incorporates topics like social media, technology use, and current events that have a significant impact on student well-being. Lessons teach life skills for the modern day to inspire high-character decisions that support the health, happiness, and future success of students, while capturing data that provides insights to school leaders to inform school policy and communications, and enable high-impact teaching and a healthy learning environment. For schools, our turnkey technology allows for easy implementation and a comprehensive game plan to support the well-being of school communities. For schools, our turnkey technology allows for easy implementation and a comprehensive game plan to support the well-being of school communities.