When it comes to raising our kids, what are the values that matter most? Honesty, humility, perseverance? For us, kindness is definitely up there. In fact, we might go as far as to agree with Roald Dahl who famously said “I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being”.

But when we communicate and exchange online, it’s sometimes easy to forget that there are actual people on the other end. Between physical detachment and complete anonymity, the online world offers a degree of separation that can inhibit our sense of social awareness and kindness.

Our BAFTA nominated series Search It Up tackles this subject and much more, the episode, ‘Jackattack vs Robotron’, reinforces the message that how we act towards others online should not be all too different from offline. It’s a great conversation starter for talking about kindness online with your children.

When we choose videos and games for Azoomee we actively pick content that reinforces our values of being smart, safe and kind. Here are a few top picks:

  • Mily Miss Questions follows the adventures of Mily, a young girl who has an inquisitive mind and likes to learn the answers to all her questions. In each episode, a new question is posed as a result of an everyday occurrence and then it’s up to Mily to find out the answers – “What is friendship?”, “Should you always tell the truth?”…
  • Wacky World Beaters is about two crazy hosts travelling around the world to participate in the most ridiculous competitions, but they learn about places and cultures along the way reinforcing the message that we are all different, and all equal.
  • Litterbugs is a quirky heart-warming short family movie that asks why is it so bad to be different? Watch how inventor Alice and Captain Stanley stand up to the town bullies. With a little help from their mechanical friends, this unlikely duo has the last laugh in this meaningful short film!

Want to discover some more resources and charities helping make the world a kinder place? Here’s a few for starters…

52 Lives – 52 Lives aims to change someone’s life every week of the year. It is based on the simple premise that people are good. And lots of good people working together can achieve amazing things.

Be Cool Be Nice – BE COOL BE NICE (BCBN) is a global movement sparked by one teen’s struggle and flamed by the staggering fact that one in five young people will be a victim of cyber bullying. Adopted by celebrities, style icons, artists and leaders across the globe BCBN has grown from a rallying cry into a multi-media collaboration to encourage the use of social media in a positive and proactive way and to advocate good manners on and offline.

Anti-Bullying Alliance – The Anti-Bullying Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals, working together to achieve a vision to: stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

The Diana Award – The Diana Award is a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world. Their mission is to foster, develop and inspire positive change in the lives of young people.

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