Since digital citizenship is always on my mind, I was thinking that this year, we might just forgo the gym memberships and diets and instead focus on a different aspect of our life that sometimes feels overwhelming and adds (or subtracts) from our overall health and wellness.... Our digital life.
Digital health & wellness refers to our physical and emotional health related to living life in the digital world. A few examples of poor digital health include:
Have you experienced one (or all three) of the above repercussions of excessive (or regular) technology-use? Personally speaking... all three. 🙋🏻♀️
Before committing to new digital habits, I recommend first taking time to reflect on your current ones. Why? Because "reflection is the mediator between knowledge and experience." When we think about an outcome (such as sleepless nights and terrible next-days) and reflect back on the decisions (like mindless scrolling), we can make connections that help us to make better decisions the next time.
Here are 6 questions we can all reflect on in the new year... parents, teachers, and students.
After reflecting on our habits, we can decide what kind of actions we want to take next. Here are a my top 8 ideas to get started:
Here's to a happy and healthy new year... may we all take one step forward toward increased digital wellness!
I care deeply about helping educators cultivate healthy environments where every student and teacher can learn, grow, and thrive in this digital world!