Sites That Help Kids Do Good

Watch out, world: today's kids know social media and they aren't afraid to use it. But it may not be what you think. From anti-cyberbullying campaigns to fundraisers for important causes to marches that call attention to national issues, kids are using sites, apps, and other tech to promote social responsibility, community service, and global awareness. Sure, online life still has some pitfalls, but plenty of kids are bypassing the kind of negativity many parents fear and actively trying to make the world a better place -- with a few clicks, well-timed posts, and inspirational messages. They are digital natives, after all. What role can parents play to keep the positivity going? Support them, stay involved, and keep them using tools that help them channel their energy for good. Kids can give to charity, contribute to anti-bullying efforts, and help end hunger, among other resources below. Also see more ways to do good online such as fighting cyberbulling, and playing games and apps that promote empathy.

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Playing for a Better World App Poster Image
Games and mini-lessons on health, animals, eco-issues.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
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National Geographic Education Website Poster Image
Rich resource preps kids to be conscientious citizens.
URL: http://www.natgeoed.org
(2013)
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Habitat for Humanity Website Poster Image
Affordable housing charity shows kids how to get involved.
URL: http://www.habitat.org/youthprograms
(2012)
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National Geographic Kids Website Poster Image
Lots of educational content, but stuffed with ads, promos.
URL: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com
(2007)
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Sustainaville - An Ethical Game App Poster Image
Sustainable-community sim teaches kids to help and conserve.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2016)
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Free Rice Website Poster Image
Learning and ending hunger, a few grains of rice at a time.
URL: http://www.freerice.com
(2009)
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Kids Are Heroes Website Poster Image
Grassroots site honoring kid volunteers is sparse but sweet.
URL: http://www.kidsareheroes.org/index.html
(2009)
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Kiva Website Poster Image
Micro-loan site gives everyone the chance to help.
URL: http://www.kiva.org
(2012)
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PeaceCorps.gov/kids Website Poster Image
Peace Corps Challenge fosters understanding and compassion.
URL: http://www.peacecorps.gov/kids/
(2008)
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Curating Change Website Poster Image
Stories of strong women highlight positive role models.
URL: http://exhibitions.globalfundforwomen.org/curating-change-2014
(2013)
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The Learning Network Website Poster Image
NYTimes blog gives young people fluff-free news, discussion.
URL: https://www.nytimes.com/section/learning
(2011)
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Bystander Revolution Website Poster Image
Anti-bullying site is noble, limited by YouTube reliance.
URL: http://www.bystanderrevolution.org/
(2015)
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Charity Miles - Running & Walking Distance Tracker App Poster Image
Help charities through walking, running, and biking.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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TakingITGlobal Website Poster Image
Excellent resource for activist-minded teens.
URL: http://www.tigweb.org
(2009)
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Youth Service America Website Poster Image
Safe, thorough resource helps kids make a difference.
URL: http://ysa.org/
(2009)
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Mobilize.org Website Poster Image
Nonprofit site that empowers Millennials to get involved.
URL: http://mobilize.org/
(2012)
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MTV Act Website Poster Image
Socially conscious blog that focuses on MTV celebs.
URL: http://act.mtv.com
(2007)
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Volunteer Match Website Poster Image
Safe, secure site links teens to volunteer opportunities.
URL: http://volunteermatch.org/
(2009)
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DoSomething.org Website Poster Image
Not-for-profit site encourages and supports youth action.
URL: http://dosomething.org
(2012)
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