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Cyber Wellness Education

Understanding Cyber Wellness

Our students today belong to a linkster generation who are constantly connected. The linkster generation are members of the population who were born after 1995, according to Johnson & Johnson (2010).

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 hurt.

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 and responsible behaviour with regards 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.

Our Cyber Wellness Education

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The MOE cyber wellness Framework is anchored on:

A) Three principles:

Respect for Self and Others

Students should be able to:

a) Uphold their own dignity when online
(e.g. avoid ‘surfing’ inappropriate sites and participating in illegal online activities).

b) Respect others
(e.g. avoid using the work of others without permission and publishing undesirable materials that hurt others).

c) Build positive and respectful online relationships

Safe and Responsible Use

Students should be able to:

a) Understand the risks of harmful and illegal online behaviours, and learn how to protect themselves as well as to avoid dangers they may encounter online.

b) Evaluate the consequences of their decisions/ behaviours while online and make responsible choices to protect themselves and the community (e.g. not spending excessive amount of time chatting or playing games online, and reporting victims of cyber bullying or cyber crimes to a trusted adult/authority).

Positive Peer Influence

Students should be able to:

Create a positive online presence and influence others positively

These principles will anchor a child’s well-being in cyberspace to make careful and well-considered decisions.

B) Process
Students should always ‘be aware’ of issues, ‘think’ before ‘acting’ while they are online. The following is a simple learning cycle for students to adopt:

The Sense-Think-Act Process

Sense - Identify the possible risks of harmful behaviour online and learn how to protect oneself

Think - Analyse, evaluate and reflect on the online situation based on the three CW principles

Act - Translate understanding into action so as to be safe and have a positive presence online

In school, we seek to focus on developing the student’s instinct to protect herself and empower her to take responsibility for her own well-being in cyberspace.

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Online Cyber Wellness Resources

Partnership between parents and schools is essential for a holistic cyber wellness education. We hope that parents will support us in promoting cyber wellness among our students. The following are some useful cyber wellness resources students and parents can tap on:

CW Portal
Guides and Useful Tips for Students:

Guides and Useful Tips for Parents:

Other Resources for Parents