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Cyber Wellness

Understanding Cyber Wellness

Our students today belong to a linkster generation who are constantly connected. The open nature of the internet poses a danger to our students as it can expose them to undesirable content which may corrupt their value systems, and to unnecessary hurts.

Cyber Wellness is important as it looks into the positive well-being of students as they navigate the cyberspace.

What is Cyber Wellness?

Cyber Wellness refers to the positive well-being of internet users. It involves an understanding of the norms of appropriate, responsible behaviour with regard to technology use as well as knowledge, skills, values and attitudes on how to protect oneself and other internet users in the cyber world. It looks into the positive physical and psychosocial well-being of students in their use of mobile and internet technologies.

Goals of Cyber Wellness
The goal of the Cyber Wellness curriculum is to equip students with life-long social-emotional competencies and sound values so that they can become safe, respectful and responsible users of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Key Messages
The key messages to students are to:
Embrace ICT yet maintain a balanced lifestyle between the physical and the cyber world
Harness the power of ICT for positive purposes
Maintain a positive presence in cyberspace
Be a safe and responsible user of ICT

Components in Cyber Wellness

Components

What it refers to

Cyber Wellness

Lessons

Teaching of Knowledge, Skills, Values and Attitudes for Cyber Wellness

School-based CCE

Assembly programmes related to Cyber Wellness e.g. Cyber Wellness talks,

“internet-free” day, etc.

Working with Parents, in collaboration with the community

·         Involve them in reinforcing Cyber Wellness principles at home, for example, advising them to set limits on usage time, set boundaries, and set good example for their children.

·         Build up their knowledge by conducting workshops for parents or refer them to the “Parents in Education” (PiE) website for more information on Cyber Wellness.

 

·         Leverage on School Family Education (SFE) to conduct workshops for parents on awareness of new media platforms (such as Twitter, blogs, Facebook) and the issues that impact youths in the digital age.

·         Share resources or refer parents to external professional agencies (such as Child Guidance Clinic, Institute of Mental Health, Health

Promotion Board, REACH) and other helplines (such as professional counsellors, psychiatrists, psychologists) to help their children

who may need additional intervention for cyber wellness issues such as addiction to online gaming.