The following considerations are suggested practices that support digital health and wellness for students, staff and our extended community. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but rather, this information reflects a wide array of current readings and research as well as the lived experiences and voices of our students, staff and families.
 

Practice Mindfulness
How do we balance our digital habits and self-regulate our own behaviours?
  • Balance time online with time to connect in other ways

  • Think about what you’re actually doing online as much as you think about how long you’re doing it, quality of content matters as much as quantity of time

  • Be sure to make time for physical activity

  • Safe-guard your sleep - turn off notifications, charge devices in other rooms and avoid screen-time before going to bed

  • Be present with others - make eye contact, listen actively, avoid digital distractions and engage in conversations

  • Adjust notification settings on your devices and practice self-control

  • Be aware of the physical needs of your body - adjust your posture, turn on lights or be outside, turn down headphones, take activity breaks, rest your eyes and make healthy food choices

  • Mind your manners and be respectful with others online

 
 
Explore Learning
How do we use technology to explore our learning and pursue our passions?
  • Inquire about things that interest you - read more, watch videos, listen to podcasts, collaborate with others

  • Join communities to extend your learning - follow hashtags, join groups, and sign up for online learning opportunities

  • Showcase your learning and creativity - share your learning with a wide audience and seek feedback about your next steps

  • Develop digital literacy skills that includes effective internet searching strategies and smart uses for digital tools

  • Find websites, programs and apps that help you practice skills that you are working on

  • Be curious about our global community and explore the world around us

Think Critically
How do we think critically about what we see, hear and contribute to online?
  • Spot the fake-news! Fact-check information to determine its credibility

  • THINK before you post - Is it ...True? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind?

  • Create a positive digital presence - think about what your posts says to the world about who you are

  • Consider the perspectives of others and be open to different viewpoints

  • Consume, create and share content that is appropriate for you and others 

  • Reflect on how your interactions online may contribute positively or negatively to a given situation

  • Consider how your communication might be perceived by others - tone and sarcasm is sometimes difficult to express digitally

  • Be aware of a cry for help - Sometimes people say or do things that reflect their own need for support

  • Know that help is available if you come across something that is worrisome and you’re not sure how to deal with it

 
Spread Positivity
How can digital tools help us to spread positivity, promote kindness and demonstrate care for others?
  • Be a positive leader - set an example for others that reflects optimism, positivity and caring

  • Think beyond the “like” button - express gratitude and celebrate the good around us by sharing examples of accomplishments of self and others

  • Show compassion for others, especially those people who might be marginalized or victimized

  • Steer clear of the drama - foster healthy relationships with peers and manage conflict peacefully and with maturity

  • Celebrate diversity in our local and global communities

  • Leave a positive mark on the world - create a digital footprint that represents your best foot forward

 
Be Safe
What can we do to keep ourselves and others safe and secure in digital
environments?
  • Protect your personal information - think carefully about what you might be posting, sharing or agreeing to online

  • Use secure passwords that have a mix of characters and symbols - be sure to keep this private

  • Store information and physical devices in secure locations - be sure to backup important information

  • Regularly review and adjust privacy settings on social media platforms

  • Use antivirus software  on all laptops and desktop computers

  • Respect the privacy of others and only post images or videos of others with their permission

  • Recognize dangerous or inappropriate situations and be supportive of those in need

  • Report abuse, harassment and other worrisome behaviour

  • Stop > Block > Talk - Block any users that cause you to feel uncomfortable or make threats to your well-being and report to someone who can help

  • Make use of digital reporting tools and support structures - online help services and anonymous reporting tools

  • Report and flag offensive content and materials to online providers

  • Don’t get hooked by phishing scams - think critically about suspicious emails or requests that are seeking your personal information, or trying to get you to do something in exchange for goods or money