Teaching Humanity through Social Media with Dighu

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Teachers use Dighu, the social media site based on digital humanity, to promote positive use of social networking in schools.

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If a handful of students log in and record a Dighu (positive contribution to society) instead of making a negative comment about a photo [on another site], I think I have done my job!

Known on Dighu as Paulie, teacher Paul D'Angelo last year had his Career and Life Management class in Alberta, Canada, investigate the negative uses of social media. This year, after discovering Dighu, the new social media site based on digital humanity, Paul has assigned Dighu participation as a way to promote positive change through social networking.

Last year, Paul had his students log into their Facebook accounts and record the percentage of negative status updates. “Every student,” Paul says, “found that over 50% of the content on the site was negative. I find this alarming and sad.”

Not only did students find negative status updates and disparaging remarks, they also discovered how improper use of the technology can affect their eligibility for scholarships and, later down the line, employment opportunities.

In order to transform his students’ use of social media, Paul has tasked his students with creating a Dighu (pronounced dij-yoo) account and then actively using the site’s features. Students are required to post at least ten “Daily Dighus,” short updates on ways Dighu users have made the world a better place today.

Students in Paul’s class will also use Dighu’s “Dighu Thank” feature to express gratitude to people in their lives. For an open-ended assignment, students will also write a short essay on a Dighu-related topic and post it on the site’s “Dighu Hear” page.

“If a handful of students log in and record a Dighu (positive contribution to society) instead of making a negative comment about a photo [on another site], I think I have done my job!” says Paul.

Dighu founder Bob Christianson is thrilled with Paul’s curriculum and is reaching out to teachers to encourage them to use Dighu to foster positive social media use with students. “We are excited that Dighu has been recognized as a social media site that can provide a positive influence on individuals and to encourage users to do a daily good deed for others,” he says.

“People are most alive when they are serving others, and it is our hope that the teens that are using the site make that daily act of service, a Dighu, a part of their daily ‘must do's.’The tidal wave of good acts that would result from a commitment to serve others by the youth would create serious social impact. That's our goal . . . one good act at a time!"

Dighu is free to join and to use. Teachers and individuals can sign up for digital humanity at dighu.com.

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