Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Kindness Wins



Responsibility.

When you do something, and when you're given an opportunity and a privilege, you are responsible for your action.

Doing the right thing and acting the right way is easier when we understand the why of it. Why do we have to think of others? Why are we responsible for the effect our actions may have on others?

In this exploding world of the internet, our children enter ill prepared. This is the first generation of children navigating in a land where we as caretakers are learning along with them. I liken it to tossing car keys to someone who's never driven before.

We have the chance to do things right with the help of a newly released resource guide to kids being online. Kindness Wins is an amazing handbook written by Galit Breen. Her work has been to provide the door to discussion with our children before they begin leaving their digital handprint. This 112 page book is tightly compacted to lead the way to frank communication and illuminating circumstances on how what we do and say online has an impact on all who see it. Talking about moral and social responsibility on the internet can't be left to chance. With author Galit Breen's wise and insightful lessons, we've got a friend at the helm. 

It is overwhelming to learn all the social media that is available to our children. And even if we ourselves become students of youtube tutorials of the step by step how to instagram, how to facebook, how to snapchat, how to tweet, we still have no resource on the social expectation of our behavior in the internet, and more importantly, the boundaries.

Galit Breen has completed an outstanding MUST HAVE guide to leading our children through the cyberworld. Kindness Wins is being talked about in parenting circles, guidance counselor offices, teacher's lounges, because we are realizing how vital our role as adult is when it comes to opening the door to the internet for our children.

Kindness Wins covers essential topics and provides steps to discuss why we post, what we post, who sees what we post, who has access to information on our lives, and what we owe to others.

Filled with compassion, wisdom, lessons learned, and an eye to the good that social media can bring into our lives, Kindness Wins is a refreshing manual – no more warnings or caveats or horror stories. Instead we have encouragement and a confidante who is lighting the path ahead for you – so that you can light it ahead for your children as you teach them to travel online.

Galit Breen was a classroom and reading teacher for ten years. She has a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in human development. She has been published in Brain, Child, The Huffington Post, TIME, and xoJane. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, three children, and a ridiculously spoiled miniature golden doodle. You can learn more about Galit by visiting her website TheseLittleWaves. com Click here to order your copies of Kindness Wins.

* For a chance to win Kindness Wins, please leave a comment below! *

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13 comments:

  1. My first born is just entering his teen years and it has been overwhelming to navigate and monitor the internet universe with him. This book sounds like it would very helpful for us. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Good luck, hoping you win, Kelly!

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  2. I love this. I adore Galit and love this. :) And that you're giving a copy away. Yay!

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    1. This book is amazing, Andrea. Good luck!

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  3. Ohmyheart, you. Oh. My. Heart. I can't thank you enough for this thorough and thoughtful review! Of course you write about online kindness with every bit of grace and beauty as I'd expect from you. Thank you, you. Truly. xoxo

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    1. Your book is going to become an obvious need as more people realize how we are letting kids loose on the internet without the proper tools. thank you, Galit!

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  4. This was a really helpful book - I'm saving it as a guideline as my kids enter social media.

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    1. Yes, Jennie. The topics here must be discussed before their entry into the cyberworld!

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  5. I love this book. Reminds me of my favorite quote, "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."

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    1. It is such a clear cut need, so grateful for Galit's work for us.

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  6. I need to read this book. My oldest is just finishing up 6th grade. I allowed Instagram this year, with strings attached (the account is technically mine and linked to my Facebook account, but only she posts to it). I know these issues will get more complicated as she gets older. Excited to read it, and thanks for the giveaway!

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