You will need
- Device with access to the internet
Before you begin
- Remind yourself of everything people have done to champion kindness. If you have quotes and facts, or photos and videos of them taking action, bring them to show everyone. You could ask people to bring their own photos and resources too.
- Social media platforms have a minimum age to have an account: it’s usually 13. It’s probably best to use an account managed by your section or group.
- Make sure you have permission for photos of young people to be put online.
Plan the campaign
- Everyone should work together to decide which social media platform (or platforms) they’ll use to promote their project and encourage others to take action. They should think about what kind of content they’d need to create for each platform.
- If they can, everyone should have a look at examples of social media posts from different organisations like British Red Cross and Scouts. What stands out? What do people think is most effective?
- Everyone should split into small groups.
- Each group should plan what they’d like to include in their social media campaign. Would they like to use an image or a video, for example?
- Each group should decide what they’d like to ask people to do as a result of their campaign, for example, visiting a lonely person in their community, downloading the Red Cross’ first aid app, making a kindness pledge, joining Scouts, or doing something else to support the British Red Cross.
- Everyone should work with someone old enough to create their social media campaign and encourage others to like and share. They should keep an eye on the campaign and respond kindly to comments.
- The person leading the activity should email firstname.lastname@example.org and share what they’ve achieved.
This activity helps contribute towards some of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more about the SDGs, and how Scouts across the world are getting involved.
This activity was all about being a citizen and helping your community. How do different people use social media? How can organisations use social media to spread important messages? People could think about how being informed is important for citizenship.
In this activity, people helped others understand their project and the difference it made. Can anyone sum up the key message of their project? What action would they like people who see their posts to take? Was it easy to communicate these things?
- Online safety
Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.
For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.
As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.
- Phones and cameras
Make sure parents and carers are aware and have given consent for photography.