Skip to main content
Search Icon

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:


Last Modified: 11/21/19 11:05 AM | Website Feedback