WHAT IS DIGITAL WELLBEING?

“Digital Wellbeing” encompasses a range of topics relating to the ways in which technology affects our lifestyle, emotions, relationships and world view.

 

It is an attempt to find an overarching descriptor for the various challenges the digital world poses to the Wellbeing of individuals, societies and the wider world.

 

Terms such as ‘digital citizenship’, ‘media literacy’ and ‘online safety’ are already widely understood, but each focuses on a particular aspect of our digital lives. 

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The Digital Flourishing™ Wheel

 

Authored by Nina Hersher, Sophie Janicke-Bowles and Anna Lomanowska for the Digital Wellness Institute. This diagram categorizes the range of digital issues and is a useful starting point to understand what we mean when talking about 'Digital Wellbeing'.

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DIGITAL WELLBEING @ BCOT

All of our Full Time students have gone through our 'Digital Wellbeing Module' during their induction. This has helped them to: 

  • Identify their relationship with technologies

  • Understand their device usage and justify their productivity 

  • Become better internet citizens and productive communicators

  • Ensured they have the skills to protect themselves online

  • Know where to get support at the college

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT?

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Learn more about the following:

  • Navigating tech with ease

  • Work-life balance

  • Digital and Physical de-clutter

  • Environment design

  • Intentional vs passive use of tech

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Learn more about the following:

  • Privacy & security

  • Digital identity & footprint

  • Conscious content consumption

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Learn more about the following:

  • Positive social comparison

  • Team communication

  • Tech-life balance and boundaries

  • Socially responsible correspondence

  • Social support & sense of community

  • Sense of connection

  • Meaningful interactions

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Learn more about the following:

  • Self expression & creativity

  • Positive emotion & inspiration

  • Self care, self worth & introspection

  • Sleep habits

  • Tech Hygiene eg Eye health/ Blue light filters, Breaks and movement

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Learn more about the following:

  • Digital Literacy

  • Civil & mindful interaction

  • Digital Activism

  • Conscious content consumption

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Learn more about the following:

  • Enhancing Focus & Managing Distractions

  • Digital Minimalism

UNDERSTAND YOUR USEAGE:

WHAT DO WE DO AT BCoT?

At BCoT we help ALL students to understand and identify the positive impacts of engaging with digital activities professionally to enhance and augment our lives and career opportunities.

It is also crucial to us that we all become more conscious and responsible of our habits, ways to disconnect, and control the potential negative impact of Digital tools on our Wellbeing.

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What... comes to your mind when you hear the term “digital wellbeing”?  For some it might be email overload, fake news, fitness tracker bands or the Google app that lets you “see a complete picture of your digital habits and disconnect when you want to”.  There are many connotations, bringing both positive and negative aspects of technology and how it affects our lives. Jisc 2019

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"We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesisers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely" (E.O Wilson)

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Digital wellbeing is about how the internet and technology can make us feel. This includes recognising the impact being online can have on: our emotions, mental health and wellbeing and physical health and wellbeing. Technology and the internet should be there to enhance and simplify our lives rather than be a cause of distraction, worry or upset. Childnet

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PEOPLE, SOURCES AND FURTHER INFO: 

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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)