Individuals are held responsible for performing civic duties and their activities must benefit society as a whole, according to the ethical principle of social responsibility. Thanks to globalization and recent technology, today’s teenagers have greater access to information than ever before. They are also, perhaps, more conscious of global issues than ever before. As social media offers a 24-hour news cycle, kids are constantly exposed to major topics such as climate change, war, migration, and Covid-19.
Being constantly exposed to negative information can either sensitize teens about the subject or, worse, desensitize them. When desensitization occurs, they will be practising less social responsibility and may turn out to be selfish and sometimes display a form of aggressiveness.
It is hard for teachers to interact with their students during a pandemic, so how can a teacher or a parent (because education starts at home, after all) teach social responsibility?
It is essential to communicate. As simple as it may seem, communication has become more difficult these days, so you need to highlight the importance of voicing sensitive issues. Encourage kids to debate and interact with local and global issues to help them build social responsibility skills and feel more in control of their lives, no matter what scenario they are in.
Virtual World- Social Responsibility.
As we are primarily digitally connected these days, we must understand that even online, our actions matter. A single social media post may go viral, reach millions of people, and have a beneficial or undesirable impact on internet users or even on your personal life.
There is a concept known as ‘digital footprint’. A digital footprint is a piece of information left behind by online users. It is vital that parents and caregivers understand the importance of digital footprint to educate their children and assist them in realizing the dangers they may be taking while sharing information online or simply browsing websites.
Teach your kids to ‘think before you post’. Make sure whatever you are sharing is true, helpful, inspiring, necessary, and kind. It was a must to practice social responsibility in person, and it is as important to practice it online.
Volunteering is something to put on your to-do list. Choose something that will not feel like a chore and teens will love to tackle. Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity for your children to learn about the importance of helping others. It broadens their horizons while also creating a feeling of success and pride in them. Soup kitchens, donating clothes or toys, and even joining a cleanup campaign is okay for kids to begin with.
‘We’ Not ‘Me’.
Everything mentioned above is a great way to teach social responsibility, but it is more difficult to achieve if people surrounding your child (including yourself) are self-centred. Do not practice any of the above while thinking about how your actions will benefit you, but rather how they will benefit others.
Being selfish begins from kindergarten when children do not want to share their eraser or colour crayons. So you better change the child mindset from the ‘me’ to the ‘we’ for better outcomes of the tips mentioned above.
Encouraging them to participate in team sports, band, or chorus is another excellent way of helping kids to get out of their self-centred mindset. They’ll not only have to learn to rely on others for the greater good, but they’ll also get vital insight into how to operate together as a team. Let us know in the comments down below if you think that social responsibility is important.