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ONE GOOD THING: Rachel, NJ

Posted on Jan 14 by

The Internet can be used in many positive ways, like advertising for charities or community service organizations. Every once in awhile I volunteer at an organization that houses people with HIV/AIDS called The Center in Asbury Park. Without their usage of social media and the Internet, I never would have known that they existed, let alone knowing about the opportunity to volunteer my time for them. The Internet doesn’t always have to be a negative...

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ONE GOOD THING: Griffin

Posted on Jan 13 by

I helped my grandma get started on her new smartphone. She is not very technologically savvy, but I’d like to think that I advanced her knowledge on her iPhone and opened her eyes to a new interface of communication and...

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ONE GOOD THING: Kayla – NJ

Posted on Jan 11 by

A student at my school set up a movie night fundraiser at a nearby school for children with life threatening conditions. She was able to use the power of social media to spread the word and get more people involved. A simple post helped many...

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ONE GOOD THING: Sydney – NJ

Posted on Jan 11 by

I am starting my own platform to raise money for different cancer foundations. I share my latest projects on social media platforms such as Instagram and...

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ONE GOOD THING: Colin – NJ

Posted on Jan 9 by

Recently my grandpa passed away, so my grandma was upset and was sad that she couldn’t talk to people as much as she used to. Because of this, my family and I got her an iPhone so she could call and text us more easily, because she lives in Florida. She came up to New Jersey for a little bit, so we took her out to lunch one day. I spent the whole time showing her how to text...

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ONE GOOD THING: Stephen – NJ

Posted on Jan 8 by

One good thing I have recently seen on twitter is something quite heartwarming. It is a video of students at a high school pulling money together to buy a classmate christmas presents and give him a christmas he deserves. The video shows the student who cannot afford much walking in with a very surprised look that turns to pure joy. Watching this video made me very happy to see other students making a positive impact in someone else’s life...

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ONE GOOD THING: Lauren – NJ

Posted on Jan 7 by

One Good Thing I’ve seen online is the Ice Bucket Challenge. The Ice Bucket Challenge raised a lot of awareness for ALS disease. Not only did people have fun challenging their friends, but the awareness also led to a large amount of money being collected to support the ALS...

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ONE GOOD THING: Jade – NJ

Posted on Jan 6 by

As a competitor in the Miss America Organization, I am required to have a personal community service platform which I have entitled “Fit, Fun & Fabulous: Instilling Healthy Habits in America’s Youth”.  In order to publicly promote this cause, I have resorted to social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Remind 101.  On these sites, I post frequent reminders directed towards my followers regarding the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, which is the main message my...

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ONE GOOD THING: Isabella – NJ

Posted on Jan 3 by

One good thing I have done using the internet is communicate with my family members and friends in different parts of the country or the world. It is very easy and fun to share pictures and experiences with people via the internet who may not get to experience them with you personally. I also love to look on Facebook or other social media accounts to see all of the fun things my friends and family are participating...

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ONE GOOD THING: Evenel – NJ

Posted on Jan 2 by

I recently texted my best friend to let her know how much i appreciate her and how proud i am that she got accepted into her number one school and is going D1 for track and...

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ONE GOOD THING: Alex – NJ

Posted on Jan 1 by

It was during my Freshman year and I’m currently a Junior. It was before my first Track meet for outdoor and a Junior at the time took a practice jump for long jump. He ended breaking his ankle in 3 parts. All things the team posted the next day for the meet had #Run4Griff so he knew the team was there to support...

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ONE GOOD THING: Ceci

Posted on Dec 29 by

I create, along with my interactive media class, a safe driving campaign by creating videos and posters to spread awareness. We have created many promos on photoshop, premiere pro, after effects, and other programs. Spreading awareness about safe driving has actually helped reduce teen driving accidents caused by distracted driving. We have actually won the contest twice and gave away our first prize last...

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ONE GOOD THING: Alex – NJ

Posted on Dec 28 by

Over the weekend I taught my grandmother how to use her Android Tablet. She uses it to talk to her friends who are far away and send pictures. I taught her how to send emails, pictures and be safe on the internet so she wouldn’t get any...

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ONE GOOD THING: Frank – NJ

Posted on Dec 27 by

I complimented my friend on Twitter after an excellent hockey game. He was feeling down because some other kids felt differently about the game and were giving him a hard...

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ONE GOOD THING: Frank – NJ

Posted on Dec 25 by

I taught my mom how to use Facebook, now it’s all she does and she found many of her old high school friends and has met up with...

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ONE GOOD THING: Debra – NJ

Posted on Dec 24 by

I once advertised a fundraiser that my cousin was holding for the Children’s Miracle Network on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It helped bring in a lot of people and raise more money than...

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ONE GOOD THING: Kay – NJ

Posted on Dec 23 by

One time my friend was feeling very sad so I sent her pictures of us from times that made her happy. I also sent her pictures of things she really enjoyed like her favorites shows and her...

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ONE GOOD THING: Whitney D. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 24 by

Amongst New York City, a place riddled with crime and drugs, there is an owner of a Twitter account who writes small about good deeds swimming through the streets of New York. Yesterday, I emailed the owners of the account to share a story of a man I met in New York City who was giving socks to the homeless. I thought he should be recognized because of his good deeds in the...

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ONE GOOD THING: Cecelia G. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 24 by

I am a member of an international service organization for girls ages 11-21 and I am friends with members globally because of social media. I communicate regularly with girls from Australia and Europe through Facebook and I follow all of my sisters on Instagram. Social media is a vital communication tool in my organization, but we have yearly workshops to teach younger girls how to be safe on social media. We value technology as a means to create friendships...

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ONE GOOD THING: Gabby W. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 13 by

I am proud to say that I have participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge that swept the nation this past summer.  Although it appears that people of all ages would rather dump a large bucket of ice water atop their heads than donate to a worthy cause, the ice bucket challenge has been a huge success!  Not only has it brought an insane amount of awareness to the ALS community, but thanks to the challenge, the ALS Association...

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ONE GOOD THING: Yaritza O. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 13 by

One Good Thing I did was share a speech on Instagram that a famous Mexican singer Leon Larregui made in one of his concerts referring to the 43 missing students in Mexico do to the corruption of...

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ONE GOOD THING: Hannah G. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 12 by

On YouTube, people are making videos about how inequality is affecting the people in our country. They are spreading awareness and telling people to do something about it in their town, state, or...

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ONE GOOD THING: Josh E. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 12 by

School morale is at an all time high as a result of our recent rise to athletic success especially on the soccer field. It is incredible to see how supportive everyone is of their classmates on social media, and social media has proven to be an amazing tool in raising school spirit this past...

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ONE GOOD THING: Riana K. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 12 by

Through social media outlets like Facebook, Email, and Instagram, I share my Relay for Life group’s fundraising page.  Each year we raise money for the American Cancer Society.  Last year we raised almost $5,000.  We would not be able to help so many cancer patients, survivors, and care takers if we not use social media. This example goes to show that the “dark abyss” that some think the internet is, in reality is an extremely useful tool in helping...

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ONE GOOD THING: Houston M. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 10 by

Now that my parents are on Facebook, I’ve seen them meet up with friends from high school that they haven’t seen since graduation. I’m happy that social media can help me keep in contact with my current friends long after we...

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ONE GOOD THING: Amanda Z. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 10 by

One good thing that I have seen on the Internet, is the very popular and trending ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  This requires someone to pour an ice bucket of water on their head and challenge friends to do it too.  They have 24 hours to complete the challenge, or donate to the ALS foundation.  This viral internet sensation has spread all over the world, and has raised millions of dollars for ALS.  Without the internet, this “fundraiser” would not...

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ONE GOOD THING: Sarah – N.J.

Posted on Nov 7 by

Over the past year, my grandfather has become progressively more sick with deteriorating heart conditions. Because he is too weak to travel, him and my grandmother have been remaining in their home in Florida, and have been unable to fly up to New Jersey and visit us as much as they used to. Since we cannot be there all the time, my family set up a Skype system so that my grandparents can still see us and communicate with...

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One Good Thing: Hayley W. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 6 by

For Relay for Life, I used my social media accounts to ask people to donate money to my team. I also emailed many of my family members and friends. Social media and the Internet helped my team raise $1,000 more than our...

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One Good Thing: Alison T. – N.J.

Posted on Oct 20 by

I was able to get my elderly neighbor a Chromebook and up on Coursera… she swears it changed her outlook on life, so I feel good about that! Submit your One Good...

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One Good Thing: Zoe – Ill.

Posted on Jan 21 by

I love teaching teachers  So it sure was exciting to show my English teacher how to create an awesome innovative presentation on Prezi. Now he calls me the “prezi master.” Share your One Good...

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One Good Thing: Yvanka – Ill.

Posted on Jan 21 by

My one good thing is a program I am involved called Girls in the Game. We teach young girls that being healthy is actually fun! We teach them how to play sports and teach them what a balanced meal looks like. We also teach them how to build confidence in themselves and show them that girls can do anything a boy can. Like play football! Share your One Good...

One Good Thing: Jacki N. – N.J.

One Good Thing: Jacki N. – N.J.

Posted on Jan 10 by

I created a fundraiser webpage for my hospital’s event called Save A Limb so family and friends across the country could donate to the cause. Share your One Good...

One Good Thing: Madeline R. – Mont.

One Good Thing: Madeline R. – Mont.

Posted on Jan 10 by

My one good thing is using my tumblr blog to connect with my followers – to give them someone to talk to who doesn’t know them and won’t judge them.  Share your One Good...

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One Good Thing: Tiffany R. – Calif.

Posted on Jan 10 by

I started my facebook page, missing persons in California, to help find ppl. Even the one who wasn’t found alive still needed to be brought back home for his family. It’s a good thing to have. Share your One Good...

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One Good Thing: Bernard D. – Facebook

Posted on Dec 27 by

How I make the internet better? By countering the negative mainstream media narrative about Second Life and telling engaging stories of fearless pioneers who use the virtual world to learn, grow and heal together. Share your One Good...

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One Good Thing: Dina C. – Mass.

Posted on Dec 27 by

We’re doing our part!! We recently started an organization called Choose To Be Nice. We’re all about encouraging and inspiring kindness whenever and wherever possible. We’re reminding the world of the great things that happen when we Choose To Be Nice. One can join the movement by “making the promise”, sharing a story or purchasing and wearing the Choose To Be Nice t-shirt at our website, www.choosetobenice.com. A percentage of our proceeds are donated to anti-bullying and other worthy causes...

One Good Thing: Jacob S. – Calif.

One Good Thing: Jacob S. – Calif.

Posted on Dec 20 by

Jacob Savage about a service he helped created to involve social workers — instead of just police — as first respondents in mental health emergencies Share your One Good...

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One Good Thing: Jon P. – Calif.

Posted on Dec 12 by

Back in 2001, I wanted to create a virtual version of a Victorian home here in Riverside California like a video game but of a real, renovated, historically accurate Victorian home from 1902. Given the bandwidth limitations and limited low cost game design software at the time, I switched to creating a virtual tour of the home and the grounds using Equi-rectangular (spherical) panoramas. Took me about 6 months using a film SLR and a special tripod head for the camera.After I...

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One Good Thing: Ali R. – Facebook

Posted on Nov 21 by

AbleRoad is a new website and app that connects people with disabilities with accessible places. AbleRoad was created by Kevin McGuire, a man that did not let a horrific childhood accident hold him back. He’s doing great work to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. -Ali R. Submitted via Facebook Share your One Good...

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One Good Thing: Mo B. via Facebook

Posted on Nov 21 by

My son Alex Budak is a Social Entrepreneur who founded an organization called StartSomeGood.com. Using crowd funding this website offers opportunities for change makers and ventures for the good to get capitalization for their businesses. Aimed at not for profit, for profit and NGO’s, tipping points are set which when met will charge the gifter’s account. Share your One Good...

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One Good Thing: Jonathan H. via Facebook

Posted on Nov 21 by

I helped set up an entire Jewish congregation with their first-ever laptop (donated) and Web connection several years ago when I flew to Odessa, Ukraine for that purpose. Share your One Good...

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ONE GOOD THING: Sam – NJ

Posted on Jan 5 by

Though there is some bad things that come from social media and the internet in general. The technology has brought people together. People who have trouble socializing in person have an outlet where they can comfortably talk to people and make friends. Things like blogs are a way people can share information with each other. When used wisely the internet can be a very useful tool. A specific example of good things that can come from social media is...

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ONE GOOD THING: Brad – NJ

Posted on Jan 4 by

Super-storm Sandy was about to strike and a very close friend of mine was in the path of destruction. Although my own apartment is tiny, it was big enough to take in my friend’s small family as we lived a safer distance from the shore. We gave them hospitality for the next week until they were able to contact a family member’s house to go to. It was fun having them around and that is my one good...

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ONE GOOD THING: Frank – NJ

Posted on Dec 27 by

I complimented my friend on Twitter after an excellent hockey game. He was feeling down because some other kids felt differently about the game and were giving him a hard...

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ONE GOOD THING: Kay – NJ

Posted on Dec 23 by

One time my friend was feeling very sad so I sent her pictures of us from times that made her happy. I also sent her pictures of things she really enjoyed like her favorites shows and her...

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ONE GOOD THING: Gabby A. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 24 by

Social Media is always a daily part of a high schoolers day. Twitter can be used to relay emotions to everyone that follows you. I always make sure I text or call people right away when a see a tweet that looks somewhat upset. I hope in return they no longer feel this way and can go to me for any further advice or even if they just want to talk about...

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ONE GOOD THING: Katie L. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 24 by

My #OneGoodThing was one day, when I saw my friend posted a sad picture on Instagram, I texted her to see if she was okay. She was really upset, and vented to me about her problems for 2 hours. It goes to show that just showing that you care can make someone’s day, and the world a better...

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ONE GOOD THING: Maya S. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 24 by

I comment on peoples pictures nice things to make them feel good about themselves. If people have the courage to share pictures of themselves they should feel good about...

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ONE GOOD THING: Adel S. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 24 by

I joined a gaming forum and this one guy posted about a game he really likes and someone started bashing him for his interest in this game, so the other group members including myself called out the aggressor as an attention troller and made him stick out in a bad way, the way he was treating the first guy and so we all contacted the admin and had him removed from the...

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ONE GOOD THING: Jenna S. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 24 by

One of my friends has been feeling down lately, and talks to me about how she’s afraid that she hasn’t had an eventful high school experience.  Last Thursday I posted a #tbt (throwback Thursday) picture on Instagram with her in the picture to help remind her how much fun we’ve had....

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ONE GOOD THING: Jaimie – N.J.

Posted on Nov 24 by

For my One Good Thing, I incorporated the internet to help my friend who had reached out to me in desperate need. Right now I am rehearsing a piece for a dance performance with a modern choreographer. Unfortunately, my friend was unable to attend the last two rehearsals due to her being ill.  My friend, had worked so hard for a particular solo in the piece and was beside herself when she found out that the chance of her...

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ONE GOOD THING: Sophie H. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 24 by

Post step by step videos on Facebook and YouTube of physics and calculus problems to help struggling students. Math and science is my passion, and social media can be a tool to share my passion to help...

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ONE GOOD THING: Hayley R. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 13 by

Making sure a person I know is okay with their depression and their life. After they post something like, “I’m depressed and who cares,” I reply back and say, “I care about you although I do not know you well. If you need anything I am here for you.” That one good thing that I wrote made them made them smile and feel...

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ONE GOOD THING: Devon M. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 13 by

I taught my grandma how to text. One day I just sat with her and walked her through it until eventually she was better at it than I was! Now she texts me when we do not have time to talk on the phone or see each other. It is a great way for us to communicate even with our busy...

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ONE GOOD THING: Cassidy C. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 13 by

One good thing that I’ve done is text a friend when I know that they’ve had a bad day. Whether it be sending them a funny picture or simply telling them to just keep their head up. Whatever it takes to brighten up their...

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ONE GOOD THING: Ryan A. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 12 by

I taught my cousins the dangers and consequences to social media. I also taught them the dangers of who you talk to on the internet so that they can be...

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ONE GOOD THING: Justin – N.J.

Posted on Nov 12 by

A close friend of mine went through a rough patch with a loss of a family member and was very upset.  I decided to send him a long message reminding him to remember the great times that went along with their family members life.  I reminded my friend to keep his head high and live for his family member, determined to become a better person everyday.  This kind message helped my friend deal with the sadness and put the...

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ONE GOOD THING: Hannah C. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 10 by

I showed my grandparents how to use the “Shared Photostream” on their iPad, to see the pictures our family is sharing even while they’re in Florida and the rest of us aren’t! It’s easier than Facebook for...

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ONE GOOD THING: Pat – N.J.

Posted on Nov 10 by

A while back, one of my sister’s friends moved with her family to Denmark. My parents allowed my sister to get a Facebook account to stay in touch with her. They message each other all the time and talk about how each of their lives is going. This past summer she came back to the United States and through Facebook they were able to reunite and catch up with each other in person. They hung out for three days...

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ONE GOOD THING: Grace B. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 10 by

I helped my Mom learn how to use her email on her iPhone.  I also helped her learn how to use Facebook and connect with some of her old college friends.  She can now meet up with her old college best friends that she...

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ONE GOOD THING: Quinn S. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 6 by

One time on Twitter, I saw that it was a persons birthday and she did not have many friends at the time, so I tweeted Happy Birthday to show that people do care about her. Small things such as that could make someones day, and shows that the internet is not all...

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One Good Thing: Jesi – Ill.

Posted on Jan 21 by

My One Good Thing is that I always make sure to let people know I’m there for them on tumblr. If I ever see anyone down I always let them know it’ll be okay. Share your One Good...

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One Good Thing: Yvanka – Ill.

Posted on Jan 21 by

My one good thing is a program I am involved called Girls in the Game. We teach young girls that being healthy is actually fun! We teach them how to play sports and teach them what a balanced meal looks like. We also teach them how to build confidence in themselves and show them that girls can do anything a boy can. Like play football! Share your One Good...

One Good Thing: Madeline R. – Mont.

One Good Thing: Madeline R. – Mont.

Posted on Jan 10 by

My one good thing is using my tumblr blog to connect with my followers – to give them someone to talk to who doesn’t know them and won’t judge them.  Share your One Good...

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One Good Thing: John E. – Tenn.

Posted on Dec 12 by

I give 3D printed stuff to all my friends and show them some of the things 3d Printers can do. I try to spread the word about new technology as much as I can. Share your One Good...

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One Good Thing: Don O. via Facebook

Posted on Nov 21 by

I am a volunteer to the Veterans Administration hospitals and with my co-workers we prepare and donate computers for the patients but most importantly we teach them to use the computers and continue to support them as they learn. Some of the most exciting work we have done is to provide web cams to some of the older patients who have been stuck here for months or years and allow them to actually see and be seen by their...

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One Good Thing: Jonathan H. via Facebook

Posted on Nov 21 by

I helped set up an entire Jewish congregation with their first-ever laptop (donated) and Web connection several years ago when I flew to Odessa, Ukraine for that purpose. Share your One Good...

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One Good Thing: Danielle R. via Facebook

Posted on Nov 21 by

A new website, peertutoringresource.org, is a resource center for schools and learning programs and teachers to help them set up and maintain peer tutoring programs. This gives kids a chance to own what they learn and help others, with many benefits to both sides of the equation that go beyond the specifics of the learning. Share your One Good...

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ONE GOOD THING: Ryan A. – N.J.

Posted on Nov 12 by

I taught my cousins the dangers and consequences to social media. I also taught them the dangers of who you talk to on the internet so that they can be...

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One Good Thing: Erin M. – N.Y.

Posted on Jan 30 by

My one good thing as a media specialist is teaching all of the fourth through sixth graders at my school about Internet safety, making them aware of cyberbullying and becoming an upstander through Common Sense Media’s lessons! Hoping to make the Internet safer for our next generation. Share your One Good...

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One Good Thing: Tiffany R. – Calif.

Posted on Jan 10 by

I started my facebook page, missing persons in California, to help find ppl. Even the one who wasn’t found alive still needed to be brought back home for his family. It’s a good thing to have. Share your One Good...

One Good Thing: Jacob S. – Calif.

One Good Thing: Jacob S. – Calif.

Posted on Dec 20 by

Jacob Savage about a service he helped created to involve social workers — instead of just police — as first respondents in mental health emergencies Share your One Good...

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One Good Thing: Ann Marie R. via Facebook

Posted on Nov 19 by

It is nothing compared to helping people with disabilities, but my son’s college had a lockdown for what was a possible shooter last week – turned out to be a kid still wearing his Halloween costume – but social media was the way people communicated. It was very surreal to watch the news, and see they had all the information right down to photos of the suspect in handcuffs, without being onsite and before police would verify anything. It...

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One Good Thing: Erin M. – N.Y.

Posted on Jan 30 by

My one good thing as a media specialist is teaching all of the fourth through sixth graders at my school about Internet safety, making them aware of cyberbullying and becoming an upstander through Common Sense Media’s lessons! Hoping to make the Internet safer for our next generation. Share your One Good...

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One Good Thing: Jaylen – Ill.

Posted on Jan 21 by

I helped my mom the other day with figuring out stuff on the computer. Such as using facebook, what are ads and viruses and when to spot a scam. Share your One Good...

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One Good Thing: Uzma M. – N.J.

Posted on Jan 10 by

I’ve taught my mom how to pay her bills online so now she can stop having to mail out checks. It is more convenient and allows her to trust the internet more. Share your One Good...