Mark Victor Hansen, the co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul, is taking advantage of a new Skype program to teach kids. Hansen is one of the first authors to host a session in the new “Skype in the Classroom program,” a platform designed to connect authors with schools across America.

Hansen says: “Skype is one of the easiest, best, most extraordinary enlightened devices ever invented to communicate, connect the world, in the most effective and elegant way…We are at, what I think, is the most exciting time in human history to be alive.”

Hansen says that he loves kids and was happy for the opportunity to connect with them. In one instance, he had a 17 year-old Chinese student confront him for being a supporter of the Dalai Lama. “I was very gentle, because we had 10,000 kids watching. I said the Dalai Lama and I are friends, and what’s true is your country had two shortages. You were out of water and it was out of land, and they did a water and land grab. Unfortunately they killed 200,000 defenseless people, who did not have a military and the Dalai Lama escaped by stealth.”

Hansen encouraged the student (who was in the United States at the time), to use Google to learn about the history. “Once you look at it, I think you’ll see that this is a man of extraordinary good values…. That kind of communication could never have happened in any other place in the world, except on Skype.”

Check out the mediabistro interview with Hansen by following this link.