Digital Wellness

In today’s world, getting students ready for a digital lifestyle is essential to success at work as well as in life. Students need to learn how to interact socially, personally, and educationally in both face-to-face and online environments. With all of the new opportunities that are possible through digital learning spaces, students should master these skills through the lens of health and wellness.

February is Digital Wellness month in Hilliard City Schools. We will be learning about these 4 topics all month in the classroom. In addition, here are some activities that families could use to have discussions about Digital Wellness at home!

Digital Wellness Month

Digital Safety

Safety


Be Aware. I will be safe online and protect private information.

Family Activity for Digital Wellness Month

Week 4 – Safety

Big Idea for your child:

Be Aware. I will be safe online and protect private information.

Elementary Family Activity:

  • Videos for Parents/Families:
  • Watch Be Share Aware Video
  • Watch 5 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe on the Internet
    • If you are interested, here are some other home web filtering options. You can find these on the Hilliard Schools One2One Site > How do I monitor my child’s use of the iPad?
  • Conversation Starters:
    • Article for Parents: What Should Kids and Teens Know if Online Strangers Contact Them?
    • Discuss with your child(ren) what it’s like to have a “gut feeling” about an uncomfortable situation. You can use a traffic light analogy (green = okay, yellow = iffy, red = risky) to help kids assess different online scenarios (e.g., if someone asks for a photo, talks about inappropriate things, asks them to keep anything a secret, bothers them, says something that makes them them feel sad or upset). You might be tempted to lean on typical “stranger danger” messaging here, but do consider that these situations may also happen with people kids know or sort of know. Emphasize to your child(ren) that they have the power to end conversations and log off the Internet at any time, and to not let shyness or embarrassment prevent them from talking to a parent or family member if they get into an iffy or risky situation. This approach can apply beyond grooming to issues like cyberbullying and online scams, too.
    • Why is it important not to share important information (like our home address, phone numbers, garage door codes, when mom and dad won’t be home, etc.) online or in social media apps?

Secondary Family Activity:

  • Things to do or discuss
    • Together, do a Google search with your child, search his or her name and see what comes up
    • See what you can see as a ‘non-friend’ on various social media sites/apps
    • Using a friend or follower’s device/computer, see what information of yours is available to them with your social media accounts.
    • Using a device/computer that you are not signed into, see what information of yours is publicly available with your social media accounts.
    • Visit the website: Google Safety Center for Families:
    • You could also visit: Google Account Settings Checkup

Digital Etiquette

Etiquette


It’s Cool to Be Kind. I will choose to be positive with others online.

Family Activity for Digital Wellness Month

Week 3 – Etiquette

Big Idea for your child:

It’s Cool to Be Kind. I will choose to be positive with others online.

Elementary Family Activity:

Things to do and discuss:

  • Read, talk, and complete as a family activity 3 on page 43 from Google’s iKeepSafe: Be Internet Awesome
  • Family Reflection Questions: If your class uses Canvas Discussions, Padlet or Kidblog, or if you use social media or text, look back at some of your posts.
    • Does that tone match what you were trying to convey?
    • Would you post/text something different? Why?
    • How does this activity help you for future use of social media and digital interactions?

Secondary Family Activity:

When teaching our children about digital etiquette, we should keep two goals in mind:

  • to help our children understand that the digital world is an extension of the world we live in, so the rules of etiquette that apply in the “real” world also apply in the digital world.
  • to help them realize that, although the digital world seems fleeting and impermanent, it is actually very permanent, as our online interactions are all traceable at some level. If we exercise good digital etiquette, we can establish a positive digital footprint.

(From Edmonton Public Schools)

Watch: Do’s and Don’ts When Using Social Networks

Discuss:

  • Which of the “Don’ts” do you do without even thinking about it?
  • How can we encourage parents and students to push others to use Social Networks positively?
  • How has abuse of social media negatively affected you recently? How did you react? What could you do in the future to prevent these types of situations?

Further Reading: 7 Rules to Teach Kids Online Etiquette

Digital Citizenship

Citizenship


Be Elite. I will be responsible and honest in today’s digital world.

Family Activity for Digital Wellness Month

Week 2 – Citizenship

Big Idea for your child:

Be Elite. I will be responsible and honest in today’s digital world.

Elementary Family Activity:

  • Watch:

Common Sense Media has an animated video that encourages students to think about copyright law and the appropriate ways to use original work responsibly.

Copyright and Fair Use Animation

  • Discuss:

What would it feel like to have someone use your work without asking for permission?

How can you give credit for others creative works?

Secondary Family Activity:

Digital Wellness

Wellness


Balance is Best. I will maintain a balance between digital and face-to-face interactions in life.

Family Activity for Digital Wellness Month

Week 1 – Wellness

Big Idea for your child:

Balance is Best. I will maintain a balance between digital and face-to-face interactions in life.

Elementary Family Activity:

Watch:

Common Sense Media has a fun video starring Will Ferrell that highlights the importance of putting down devices during dinner. Watch this video as a family and then answer the questions below.

Device Free Dinner

Discuss:

Why does Will keep looking at his phone?

How do the other people at the table feel when Will is texting while he is talking with them?

When are good times to put our devices away?

Activities:

Sometimes children have a hard time regulating their time on media and game systems. Healthy Children has a nice online planner that you could use to create a Family Media Plan as well as a Media Time Calculator. Topics you might include in your plan:

  • Daily time limits on media.
  • Where should children charge their devices?
  • Dinner and/or conversation rules.

Create a Family Media Plan

Further Reading for Parents:

Check out this article on the strategies that companies use to keep us on their website or app.

The Sneaky Science Behind Your Kid’s Tech Obsessions

Secondary Family Activity:

Watch:

Common Sense Media has a fun video starring Will Ferrell that highlights the importance of putting down devices during dinner. Watch this video as a family and then answer the questions below.

Device Free Dinner

Discuss:

  • Do you know someone who reminds you of Will Ferrell’s character?
  • How do you handle when someone is ignoring you while using their device?
  • How often do you ignore others while on your device?
  • How do the other people at the table feel when Will is texting while he is talking with them?
  • When are good times to put our devices away?

Further Reading for Parents:

Check out this article on the strategies that companies use to keep us on their website or app.

The Sneaky Science Behind Your Kid’s Tech Obsessions

Further Resources And Thank You’s For Activity Development

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