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Character Strengths and Life Skills

How can I use media to teach my kid teamwork?

Today's media and technology environment is based on a culture of sharing. The ability to work well as a member of a team is a valuable asset in a world that's hyperconnected. Engineers share their computer code. Gamers share self-created levels. Students divvy up responsibilities on group projects.

You can use media to help kids strengthen their teamwork skills by finding apps and games that depend on players working as a team, helping your kid use services such as Google for Education, and encouraging kids to contribute to shared online projects. Here are some more ideas:

Movies, TV, and Books:

  • When kids are learning how to read, take turns reading alternate pages.
  • Visit the library and talk about the system of sharing.
  • Watch movies and TV shows that promote teamwork.

Social Media, Apps, Games, and Websites:

  • Encourage turn-taking in games.
  • Find apps and games that let players work as a team.
  • Support your kid in working with online teams, whether it's sharing his or her knowledge or creations, learning from someone else, or building consensus.
  • Talk about "mash-ups" -- videos, music, and other digital compilations with many contributors.
  • Discuss the limits of teamwork. When is it better to work as a team, and when is it better to work alone?