Empowering kids + teens with a commonsense approach to digital tech and online safety since 2013
How It All Began
Kim Karr started #ICANHELP in 2011 after seeing the destructive power of online negativity firsthand. An anonymous user created a simple, yet destructive Facebook page targeting a teacher at her school. Over the next two weeks, one thousand students followed the page, with many commenting and fueling the fire. One student finally stepped up and reported the page, ending the school-wide drama.
Kim took action to ensure nothing like that would ever happen at her school again. She developed an online safety and positivity program and trained students to become Digital First Responders. A year later, a similar page popped up and targeted the same teacher, only this time, the students were ready.
Not only did no one follow the page, but over thirty students took action and left positive comments supporting the teacher. The page was taken down within 24 hours, a positive ending made possible through student education and empowerment.
Since Kim and her Co-Founder Matt Soeth officially launched the nonprofit in 2013, #ICANHELP has trained thousands of students to be Digital First Responders. We’re on a mission to empower students from around the world to use digital for good.
We believe students should be part of the solution, which is why our student interns and volunteers are hands-on leaders in our organization. Learn more about our incredible team of educators, students, and mentors below!
To empower student changemakers and promote digital safety through our powerfully-relevant curriculum, hands-on training, and global social media community.
To transform how current and future generations of students use social media and digital technology in everyday life to make a positive impact - big or small.
We’ve trained over 2.4 million students and educators and counting! Join the movement and bring digital citizenship education and positive change to your community.
#ICANHELP is powered by three things:
Digital Citizenship Education
- Social Media
Each arm supports the other, working together to help us grow and deepen our impact.