Philanthropy: Be Good for Goodness Sake!


Help students understand how small thoughtful actions taken online (and in person) can make a tremendous difference in the lives of others in this iKeepCurrent lesson.

Help students understand how small thoughtful actions taken online (and in person) can make a tremendous difference in the lives of others in this iKeepCurrent lesson.  Do your students understand what philanthropy is and how they can search for ways to contribute or a cause in which they can get involved?

As the holiday season rolls in, many of us tend to become more philanthropically minded and consider how we can benefit others through the donation of time, money or by providing other assistance.

The internet has facilitated unprecedented opportunities to help others in ways we could only have dreamed of in the past – community building, disaster relief, sharing and caring have all benefitted from people who choose to use technology to better the lives of others.

While it’s easy to be self-centered online, and a minority chooses to be mean online, most people are socially responsible, making positive connections, and contributing in thousands of different ways to collectively improving our world. With all the tools the internet provides, finding ways to help others is even easier.

Do your students understand what philanthropy is and how they can search for ways to contribute or a cause in which they can get involved?

This iKeepCurrent lesson, activities, parent and educator tips, and supporting resources are brought to you by the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe) and Cable in the Classroom.  You can find others in this series here, or at the iKeepCurrent website.

Originally published November 23, 2011.


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