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The Golden Rule: Cultivating Kindness and Character Online (#AtE)

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Kindness, compassion, and empathy - how do these markers of good character develop and how can these prosocial behaviors be encouraged in children in ...

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Kindness, compassion, and empathy - how do these markers of good character develop and how can these prosocial behaviors be encouraged in children in their online and offline interactions? In this “Ask the Experts” webinar “The Golden Rule: Cultivating Kindness and Character Online,” a panel of researchers and developmental psychologists examined the development of traits such as kindness and empathy, the important role that family life and parenting practices have in increasing these behaviors in contexts beyond the home, and the practical steps caregivers and educators can take to guide youth towards cultivating a culture of kindness in their world.

00:00 - Introduction
Introduction from Kris Perry, MSW, Executive Director of Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development.

02:06 - Stephen Post, PhD
Moderator Stephen Post, PhD, a Professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine and the Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook University, kicks off the webinar by reflecting briefly on the nature of kindness. He sets the tone by sharing quotes on kindness from a number of global thought leaders.

05:50 - Eva Telzer, PhD
Eva Telzer, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC Chapel Hill, an Associate Editor at Child Development and Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, and the co-director of the Winston National Center on Technology Use, Brain and Psychological Development. Dr. Telzer offers a brief overview of prosocial development before elaborating on how adolescents and teens leverage technology to contribute positively to society. She addresses the types of prosocial online behaviors we see from youth, how these behaviors impact identity development and feelings of connectedness, and potential risks or costs of engaging prosocially online. Dr. Telzer closes by offering advice for parents to ensure their children are using digital media in positive ways and discussing what is known about the spillover effects of prosocial behaviors in family life into other life contexts.

26:33 - Thomas Lickona, PhD
Thomas Lickona, PhD, is a developmental psychologist and Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at the State University of New York at Cortland, as well as the Founder and current Director of the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs, Respect and Responsibility. Dr. Lickona outlines how to promote kindness and good character in family life. He briefly reviews the Fabulous Five - five super practices to encourage positive character development - and notes the evidence that these practices often are successful with an authoritative parenting style. Dr. Lickona offers insight on small and big steps parents can take to develop a family culture that emphasizes kindness and respect, including specific strategies and resources covering topics such as a family mission statement, bullying, protecting children from pornography, character based discipline, modeling, and family media plans.

52:08- Richard Weissbourd, EdD
Richard Weissbourd, EdD, a Senior Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Kennedy School of Government and the faculty director of Making Caring Common, addresses the negative impact of recent cultural norms, namely valuing individual achievement and happiness over the common good, on the development of caring, especially caring for those different from you. He emphasizes the importance of families and schools prioritizing and expecting kindness and fairness, teaching children through practice about caring, and the importance of fairness, justice, and empathy for all. Expanding on Dr. Lickona’s message, Dr. Weissbourd stresses the need for parents to be positive role models for their children, offering examples for how to do so. He concludes by considering the role of negative, destructive feelings like shame, and how parents can help kids learn to deal with these emotions and internalize an identity of kindness.

01:05:34 - Group Q&A
Guided by questions submitted from the audience, Dr. Post leads the group in a discussion of how strategies for teaching kindness might translate across different cultures, as well as the role of educators and schools in teaching good character to youth.

01:16:35 - Closing Thoughts
Dr. Post shares a few closing thoughts.

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