Photo by Sarah Horrigan
I decided on looking into the nominee Kasey Lemley. She is a 16-year-old girl who created a Twitter account (@TheHelpHotline) as a way to help others to feel better. Her main goal is to help people who are struggling with eating disorders, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, etc. She attempts to help here followers with anything they are struggling with. Kasey tries to help people by tweeting daily quotes and inspirational photos. Some of her tweets are:
Part of the reason I was so interested in Kasey Lemley’s project is because there are so many people in the world that are struggling with mental or physical disorders. Some problems arise from bullying within the school system, and this is a big problem with huge effects. There can be a lot of hate in the world, and it is amazing to see that some are trying to add in a little love and help the ones in need. Kasey is apart of these people who are willing to rise up to change people’s lives.
There was another reason why I was drawn to Kasey’s project. She herself is in dark spot once in her life, but she was able to find help and get on the path of recovery. She once needed a light in the darkness. Now she is trying to be the light that others need. Showing them that they are important and that they can keep moving forward.
Kasey sets a great example for why digital activism can be taught in the classroom. Even if she is not utilizing everything digital technology allows her to, but she does try her best to utilize it as much as possible. There are several websites out there that are giving people examples of how digital technology can be used in society (Classroom Blog and The New Face of Teen Activism).
I find digital activism to be great in the classroom for three big reasons. First, it connects students with other people, and allows them to see how other students (like them) are trying to benefit other people. It also gives people a chance to join a group and feel like the have a voice. It can be really important to some students who know their voice is being heard. Lastly, it allows students to see the world through other perspectives. Other perspective might help them understand the other side’s reasoning.