Recently, on twitter, many BC educators were discussing how to effectivily use Social Media to encourage students, teachers, parents, and everyone else to show more empathy and caring when networking, connecting, sharing and discussing online. Too often, social media allows others to be mean, or to be inappropriate, to cut others down, rather than building them up.
It started as a conversation between Chris Wejr (@ChrisWejr) and Carolyn Durley (@okmbio) and quickly others jumped in to add their thoughts and ideas and a new hashtag idea came from Michelle Hiebert (@MauiMickey) to start using #CARE as a hashtag when tweeting to others to show that you #care when you #share.
By using #care when you tweet (or even facebook) you can demonstrate that you are encouraging positive, empathetic usage of Social Media. You are committing to demonstrating friendly, positive interactions online where there are no put-downs or bullying, or mean-spirited debate. You are committing to making the online social media space as friendly and welcoming as you can. When we all take a little time to interject some posititivity, some friendliness, some caring and some empathy, it helps spread the good vibes and helps everyone feel that they belong.
So please, take a little time to tweet or share something nice about someone special to you, or even a newly connected member of your social network. Let them know that you #care and that before you #share anything online, you think about its impacts and if it will help those around you! If we all commit to #care when we #share, the world can become a lot nicer for everyone!