Our perception of social media usually includes celebrities and selfies; however, there are many people out there using social media for pro-social purposes. Big causes — like the ALS ice bucket challenge of 2014 — gain major media attention, but we shouldn't forget about the countless people who work each day to make the internet a brighter place to spend time. These bloggers, writers, musicians and social media gurus do us all a major service by informing, educating and inspiring us daily.
Here are 10 social media power players who create a family-friendly internet atmosphere, and here are the lessons they teach us about how we can use the internet to do good.
Her mission: As a recovering addict and mother, Glennon uses her blog, Momastery, to encourage families from every walk of life. Her honest writing style and willingness to tackle the big issues facing families make her accessible to her readers.
Lesson: When you own your past while striving to improve your future, you become an inspiration to those around you.
Her mission: The reigning queen of blogging, Ree heads up a social media empire including a TV show on Food Network and multiple book deals. Fans love Ree for her traditional values and her commitment to safeguarding her family.
Lesson: Strong morals will still carry you far in this world.
Her mission: Violinist, Lindsey Sterling, combines modern dance with violin to create music videos that defy categorization — which is probably why they often go viral. Lindsey helps make YouTube a family friendly place to spend time online.
Lesson: Dare to be different. People love it when you have something unique to offer.
Her mission: Christian blogger, Tammy Strait, has an important message for women of all faiths and from all walks of life — let's empower, strengthen and encourage each other as we seek to "live our best life."
Lesson: People from all religions and backgrounds can come together to make a big impact.