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Much has been written on the topic of using virtual reality (VR) to inspire empathy. But simply feeling empathy is not enough to make more compassionate and socially adept society. For children, there is a very tangible opportunity to use VR as a tool to promote social and emotional learning – and there are risks. We’ll share case-studies of how VR has helped with conflict resolution, self-efficacy, and discuss specific risks such as deepening social isolation and the digital divide. We’ll put forth a point of view on whether VR really can contribute to making us better, and the ethical issues we’ll face as this technology becomes a part of our everyday lives.