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Character Strengths and Life Skills

How can I use media to teach my kid courage?

Kids share so much of themselves online -- you may wonder if they have too much courage. It's easy to be courageous when you get a lot of "likes" and other positive feedback. It takes real courage to risk friendships and approval when you're alone in your convictions. Here's how you can use media to help kids build the character strength of courage.  

Movies, TV, and Books:

  • Talk about courageous media role models from books, TV, and movies.
  • Seek out characters who've overcome issues that your kid can relate to.
  • Choose movies and TV shows that inspire courage.

Social Media, Apps, Games, and Websites:

  • Find games that reward players for taking risks.
  • Talk about online peer pressure and what happens when kids go against the group.
  • Discuss how to recover after embarrassment or scuffles on social media.
  • Talk about online movements such as hashtags that show support for people who are marginalized.
  • Teach kids to have difficult conversations face-to-face rather than through texting.
  • Encourage your kids to share their ideas and work in safe online spaces (and support them navigating any negative feedback).
  • Ask them if they only post things they know will get "liked."
  • Talk about why people post outrageous opinions anonymously.