KINDNESS WINS, THE BOOK

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KINDNESS WINS, THE BOOK

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IF KINDNESS WINS, ACCOUNTABILITY RULES. The need for this mantra is never clearer than when scrolling through posts and comments left online.

Approximately four out of ten kids (42 percent) have experienced cyberbullying. When we were young, our bullies weren’t usually strangers. They were the kids who passed mean notes about us in class, the ones who didn’t let us sit at their table during lunch, and the ones who tripped us in the hallway or embarrassed us in gym class. CYBERBULLYING ISN’T ALL THAT DIFFERENT FROM THE BULLYING OF OUR YOUTH AND NIGHTMARES. But with social media, our bullies have nonstop access to us–and our kids. In fact, we’re often “friends” with our bullies online.

When freelance writer Galit Breen’s kids hinted that they’d like to post, tweet, and share photos on Instagram, Breen took a LOOK AT SOCIAL MEDIA AS A MOM AND AS A TEACHER and quickly realized that there’s a ridiculous amount of kindness terrain to teach and explain to kids –and some adults– before letting them loose online. So she took to her pen and wrote a how-to book for parents who are tackling this issue with their kids.

Kindness Wins covers TEN HABITS TO DIRECTLY TEACH KIDS AS THEY’RE LEARNING HOW TO BE KIND ONLINE. Each section is written in Breen’s trademark parent-to-parent-over-coffee style and concludes with resources for further reading, discussion starters, and bulleted takeaways. She concludes the book with two contracts –one to share with peers and one to share with kids. Just like we needed to teach our children how to walk, swim, and throw a ball, we need to teach them how to maneuver kindly online. This book will help you do just that.

Writing this book has turned out to be my way to TAKE LEMONS (people calling me fat in the Huffington Post comment section) and to MAKE LEMONADE (writing a guide to teach our kids how to be safe, wise, and kind online). I believe with every fiber of my being that KINDNESS WINS. This book guides the conversations we need to have with our kids and with each other to ensure that it does.

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Hi, I'm Galit. Best selling author, TEDx speaker, parent educator, researcher, mom. I'm going to help you raise and teach your digital kids. I've been teaching and working in social media for 8+ years. If you are so over vague, surface level online safety advice and are ready to actually teach your kids and students what they need to know to make an impact + raise a leader, we're going to get along just fine. Learn more about me here.

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This book of the behind-the-scenes lessons and conversations to have with both kids and peers about how to change the state of the Internet for + with them is a digital download that you will have instant access to upon purchase! Kindness Wins can also be found on Amazon.

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There are so many reasons why we need safety rules for using the Internet! SO. This new terrain is largely unmonitored and untaught so we have to teach our kids and students what they need to know to be safe online as well as wise and kind. They need us to teach them these guidelines and boundaries just like we taught them how to walk, write their names, ride their bikes, and drive. This is a great resource with 10 things parents and teachers need to teach kids before they go online. Bonus: There is a free download of the four things you need to check on your kids’ phones right now!

Kids are definitely online and are are using social media today. It is so easy to get caught up in the nitty gritty rules of who pays for what and what apps are okay to use and what apps aren’t. What I love about this social media rules list is that it’s all about how kids act online and how they treat other other people online. This focus on making wise choices is everything! I think I will print this and hang it up! This is straight out of the book Kindness Wins—perfect title for this day and age. Click through to read what the book is about. It’s perfect for parents, teachers, counselors, and so on and you can get the first chapter for free!