Letter from the Editor
Intolerance is an issue that has plagued the human race for generations: we’ve learned about it in history, we hear about it on a daily basis, and, unfortunately, we also witness it ourselves. Perhaps you have felt racial tension on campus or heard one student call another student a “terrorist” based on his or her religion. As times change, and as we learn and see the effects of intolerance, we must consider how the online world shapes the ways that we regard the human race.
In this edition of the iDrive newsletter, we take a close look at a hard issue--one that relates to so many controversies--as we examine the relationship between teens, technology and tolerance. To shed light on this issue, we uncover examples of intolerance in our daily lives, especially on social media. You’ll also find practical tips to help cultivate a positive online culture.
The iDrive Student Advisory Board is excited for November’s theme centered on World Kindness Day and The International Day for Tolerance because these observance days counteract so many problems stemming from intolerance and hatred by promoting positive actions. As renowned author J.R.R. Tolkien writes, “It’s the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” You see, our generation can break the cycle of intolerance with kindness, acceptance and inclusion. It’s time to take a stand. It’s time to speak up. It’s time to step up, step in and demonstrate Tolerance. We not only challenge you to examine your own perspectives and think critically about the messages that you come across online, but to join in on the Kindness & Tolerance Movement on social media as well as your local community. We encourage you to take initiative--not only in November, but throughout the entire year!
After all, if technology can be used to create turmoil, then the same technologies can be used to promote tolerance and respect for people from all walks of life.
Be kind. Be respectful. Be tolerant.