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Character Strengths and Life Skills

How can I use media to teach my kid humility?

There's nothing wrong with sharing selfies, feeling proud to get "likes," or even creating an online persona that's a bit bolder than your true self. But in today's self-promotional, hypercompetitive social media and pop culture environment, it's tempting to rely on these external factors for your sense of self-worth.

You can use media to teach kids humility by helping them develop a sense of self-worth that's not dependent on "likes" or other online feedback, discussing media figures who've publicly admitted mistakes and resolved to do better, and watching shows with diverse characters and global stories.

Movies, TV, and Books:

  • Read books about famous people with the character strength of humility.
  • Look for media that promotes the importance of being true to yourself.
  • Watch shows about different cultures.
  • Seek out movies and TV that inspire humility.

Social Media, Apps, Games, and Websites:

  • Help kids develop their sense of self-worth from inside, not from external forces such as likes and followers.
  • Talk about the self-involvement aspect of selfies and why it's important to focus the camera outward, too.
  • Tell kids it's a sign of strength to say "I'm sorry" publicly.
  • Encourage kids to find online environments where they can be themselves.
  • Discourage kids from comparing themselves to others' online profiles.
  • Look for games and apps that reward effort over achievement.

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Teen, 16 years old written by NobieFit

Surprisingly enough, certain shows such as Dragonball have characters whom display humility by taking the harder, yet faster route to success. For example, whenever Goku achieves a new form which requires assistance, he feels a bit unsatisfied since he's not able to do it himself. One great example would be Goku from the movie, Battle of the Gods isn't too pleased with achieving Super Saiyan God even after his adversary compliments him on the form. This is carried on throughout multiple storylines within the franchise. This is mostly due to a general Saiyan's (race of some of the main characters) nature in order to face off against opponents on their own for mere entertainment. They could power up by turning Super Saiyan and decimate some of their enemies, however they decide not to by staying in their normal forms, which helps them improve and master their respective combat forms. The main protagonist, Goku, at the known canon end of the franchise sees that almost everyone he loves and cares for, even innocent lives rely on him all the time. He finds the reincarnation of his once adversary, Buu named Uub, whom holds extravagant power compared to most known fighters. After challenging Uub in a martial arts tournament, Goku takes the boy to go training with as well as feed his poor village out of the kindness of his heart in order to prepare him for any future threats in the case that he's gone. Therefore, Goku, from the Dragonball franchise shows humility by trying to achieve more with less and stepping out of his safe zone in order to improve.