CONNECTION

TOP TIPS:

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Call or message a friend with the intention to share gratitude or to connect - set a timer if you don’t can't do this for long.

Be conscious of other peoples (including teachers) work/study hours - use schedule send on emails.

Discuss healthy and unhealthy habits and help each other to make or break habits

Set boundaries with family/friends/colleagues on your availability

Make time to learn a new hobby with a friend

Take and make time to look back at and savor photos of memories with friends

Minimise device usage when with others

Audit your social media - unfriend, unfollow, mute

Set a phone reminder to make plans to spend time (in person) with friends and family

Set auto reply messages when working on time crucial tasks

HOW TO COMMUNICATE

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Be Curious and Open to Learning

Listen to and be open to hearing all points of view. Maintain an attitude of exploration and learning. Conversation is as much about listening as it is about talking.

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Show Respect and Suspend Judgment

Human beings tend to judge one another, do your best not to. Setting judgments aside will better enable you to learn from others and help them feel respected and appreciated.

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Look for Common Ground

We won't always agree on things and that is ok - just be respectful of opposing opinions. When starting a conversation try and seek out common interests. 

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Be Authentic & Welcome Opinions

Share what’s important to you. Speak authentically from your personal and heartfelt experience. Be considerate to others who are doing the same.

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Be Purposeful and to the Point

Notice if what you are conveying is or is not “on purpose” to the question at hand. Notice if you are making the same point more than once.

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Own and Guide the Conversation

Take responsibility for the quality of your participation and the quality of the conversation by noticing what’s happening. Support others by helping them stay on track.

CONNECTING WITH OTHERS

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CRITICAL COMMS

Are you fully aware of who you are talking to online? Click below to play 'Spot the Troll'.
 

Try reverse image searching to spot a 'catfish' try using Googles built in service or Tineye.

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ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS

Play 'Cool not Cool' to learn what is and isn't okay.

 

Use it to improve your own online/ real life friendships and relationships.

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TECH DETOXING
Take a look at 'living room conversations'.

Use it to see how you and your family/friends can be more present when in person.

REPORTING ONLINE ABUSE

The links below can help you find out more about: what online abuse is; what is and isn't okay; what sexting is; and how to report online abuse. We understand that you may not want to look at these in this session - feel free to come back here when at home or later when on your device.
 

It is illegal to send or own sexual content of anyone under 18. It is always illegal to send personal sexual content to someone else without their permission - this is known as revenge porn.

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LEARN MORE

GET SUPPORT

It's difficult to stop distractions from access to anything and everything (all of the time) but we will help you to get better at using technology with intention and purpose to improve yourself at BCoT. The Digital team are here to help you and your Teachers improve your learning experience. Find us on the first floor in F Block, in the the Learning Hub, LaunchSpace or in the Lab (F102)