June 29, 2017
by Karen Renner

In the hands of the next generation

In April 2017, Microsoft announced the selection of the first Council for Digital Good – a group of 15 teens from across the country that will work with to advance digital civility and safer online interactions.

Digital Civility challenge

I embrace the challenge to be a leader in making the internet a better and safer place. I commit to do my part every day by living up to the four Digital Civility Challenge ideals:

I will act with empathy, compassion and kindness in every interaction, and treat everyone I connect with online with dignity and respect.

I will appreciate cultural differences and honor diverse perspectives. When I disagree, I will engage thoughtfully and avoid name calling and personal attacks.

I will pause and think before responding to things I disagree with. I will not post or send anything that could hurt someone else, damage my reputation, or threaten my safety or the safety of others.

I will tell someone if I feel unsafe, offer support to those who are targets of online abuse or cruelty, report activity that threatens anyone’s safety, and preserve evidence of inappropriate or unsafe behavior.