- Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking
- Back to School
- Cellphone Parenting
- Character Strengths and Life Skills
- Cyberbullying, Haters, and Trolls
- Early Childhood
- Facebook, Instagram, and Social
- Learning with Technology
- Marketing to Kids
- Mental Health
- News and Media Literacy
- Privacy and Internet Safety
- Screen Time
- Sex, Gender, and Body Image
- Special Needs and Learning Difficulties
- Technology Addiction
- Violence in Media
What is compassion?
Compassion is caring about others and behaving toward them with affection, generosity, and concern. As opposed to empathy (which is putting yourself in someone else's shoes), compassion means having genuine feelings for other people's struggles.
Compassion is a soft skill with practical benefits. You don't have to like or agree with everything someone does, but when you treat others with compassion, they are likely to treat you back in kind. Compassion smooths our interactions in the "real" world, and -- as technology connects more people from diverse backgrounds -- it's an essential character strength for the virtual world, too.
You can help kids develop compassion by reminding them that there are real people on the other side of the screen, modeling compassion for others, and choosing media that demonstrates compassion.