Character Counts sets new focus on civility online

The annual “Character Counts Week” is underway in Nebraska and spokeswoman Amy Smit says it’s a time to remember the six pillars of the program.
She says we sometimes get caught up in our lives and forget to put extra emphasis on the pillars of caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.
Smit says once you remind yourself of the pillars, it gets easier to follow through on them.
The big step, she says, is being aware and conscious of character as she says once you do, it becomes easier to do and it becomes a habit throughout your life.
Smit says a new area Character Counts is focusing on is teaching civility on the internet and through e-mail usage.
“It’s a new responsibility for us as citizens to show good character and practice civility on-line,” Smit says.
She says we have gotten into the habit of using the veil of a computer screen to say things online that we wouldn’t say in person.
For more information you may go online to: www.charactercounts.org