The term digital wellbeing is very wide and has lots of definitions. In its simplest form, it means how we can all have a healthy and positive relationship with technology in our lives, making sure we have balance and control over our online interactions.
Some more definitions of digital wellbeing: https://digitalwellbeing.org/what-is-digital-wellbeing-a-list-of-definitions/
The internet and technology has in many ways transformed our lives. You may not be able to even imagine a world where every question could not be answered in seconds and our friends are simply a button away. Technology is so part of our lives that sometimes we may not even be aware of how we interact with it. We need to be aware and thoughtful in our thinking and actions online. This is where cyber security comes in. The following videos will give you a simple overview of what this means and some steps to protect yourself online.
We all live in a world where our online lives may be as important as our IRL world. There may be a tendency to post often online, on lots of apps such as Snapchat or Instagram, and share our lives with others, even seemingly innocent unimportant moments. Being part of an online community feels like we are accepted and important and we may want to keep up to date. However, every time we share anything online, it no longer belongs to us and can unintended consequences.
Some of our Second Years created this short video about the dangers of sharing personal information online:
Our online lives are forever, even when we might have moved on or found other interests. We need to think carefully about how what we do online may have an impact on our reputation, now and into the future.
Unfortunately, while technology offers great opportunities to explore, investigate and entertain, it can also be a gateway to a world of upset and bullying.
What to do if you experience/see cyberbullying?
Remember, the most important thing is not to suffer alone – tell an adult you trust such as a parent, guardian or a teacher.
Report any issues that happen on our school platform to your class tutor, Year Head or the Digital Learning Team
See our Technology Enhanced Learning Policy Technology Enhanced Learning AUP 2020.21 final draft and Counter Bullying Policy for more information.
Positive Digital Behaviour
Unplug and unwind
Using technology before bedtime can have a harmful impact on your rest. Remember to unplug and relax, spending time away from screens before going to bed:
A Digital Detox
Sometimes, we need to go beyond simply avoiding technology for an hour before bed. Sometimes, we need to have a digital detox.
Being Safe Online – Harmful Activities
Catfishing is a term used to describe someone who creates a false identity online, often to target another person/people. This can be done for lots of reason such as to steal money or information.
Some background on Fake News: https://www.webwise.ie/teachers/what-is-fake-news/