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Be Kind Online Day: May 15, 2020Be Kind OnlineAn Initiative of Beyond Differences

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About Be Kind Online

Be Kind Online™ is a Positive Prevention Initiative for middle school children that includes an original curriculum, a national awareness day, and student leadership training. It teaches children how to be activists that work to combat social isolation online. National Be Kind Online Day is an in-school special event for students across the country that is supported by a curriculum that focuses on nurturing healthy relationships and behaviors online.

Be Kind Online Day is brought to you by Beyond Differences to support students as they learn to be authentic and compassionate online. Students will be challenged to think about whether their online behaviors match their real-life personality. Like No One Eats Alone Day in the lunchroom, Be Kind Online Day aims to change the culture of middle school to one of acceptance and inclusion online.

Be Kind Online consists of three components:

Why should we do Be Kind Online?

Be Kind Online is a critical part of changing the culture of your middle school to one where all students feel included, valued and accepted in your school’s online community

Be Kind Online works because of three simple ideas:

About Beyond Differences

Beyond Differences was founded by the parents of Lili Smith who was born with a cranial facial syndrome and was socially isolated during her middle school years. After Lili died at the age of 15 due to medical complications from her syndrome, a group of teens from the local community banded together to bring change to their local schools. They had not realized that they had been leaving Lili out from all the fun social get-togethers. But upon hearing about Lili's feelings of being left out, they were determined to never let anyone feel that way again!

Beyond Difference’s core principle is to inspire and empower students to end social isolation in middle school through online and campus programs. We work directly with students – with the support of their teachers and administrators – because they are the real activists who can ensure acceptance and inclusion of one another. We are passionately focused on supporting youth in this process of making their middle schools more socially inclusive and less socially isolating.

We are thrilled that you are joining Beyond Differences in this mission. Thank you!