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Virtual Engagement

Virtual Engagement


Broadly defined, virtual engagement involves various forms of using the Internet, social media for example, to become involved with civic engagement. Examples include: 

Use of internet to...

  • Join a social networking site
  • Engage in activities with a civic or political focus—for example, joining a political group or signing a petition
  • Participate in online human rights/social game or initiative (e.g. FreeRice to address hunger)
  • Sign up as a “friend” of a candidate on a social networking site
  • Add to the political discussion by posting comments on a website or blog about a political or social issue
  • Post pictures or video content online related to a political or social issue
  • Use a blog to explore political or social issues
  • Use your talents and knowledge to support a particular cause (e.g. assist a non-profit organization with writing a grant)
  • Provide direct financial support for an international "partner" (e.g. help fund a microenterprise business started by a young woman or group of women in Chile)

Use of social networks to...

  • “Like” or promote material related to politics or social issues that others have posted
  • Encourage people to vote
  • Post your thoughts or comments on political/social issues
  • Use tools to re-post another individual's content related to political/social issues 
  • Encourage others to research political/social issues that are important to them
  • Inform others by using tools to post links to political/social articles
  • Join groups on social networking sites involved in political or social issues, or that are working towards a cause
  • "Follow" elected officials and candidates for office.  


For a better sense of what "virtual engagement" means, view the following PEW Center Reports:

-Social Media and Political Engagement:

-Internet and Civic Engagement:


Last Modified: 11/27/18 11:47 AM