Digital wellbeing – Guidance for parents
What is digital wellbeing?
Our overall wellbeing is determined by the physical and emotional experiences we have on a daily basis. As technology continues to be such a huge part of our lives, from the way we represent who we are to the interactions we have with others, it too has an impact on our wellbeing. This is often referred to as your ‘digital wellbeing’ or ‘online wellness.’
It is essentially about having an awareness of how being online can make us feel and looking after ourselves and others when online. This can include recognising the impact being online can have on our emotions, mental wellbeing and even on our physical health and knowing what to do if something goes wrong.
Supporting children at different ages
As technology plays an ever increasing role in the lives of young people, it is important that we help them to understand how to use it safely, sensibly and with an awareness of how it can impact on them.
Advice for each age bracket includes include information about how the age group are interacting with the internet, top tips to help you support the young people at this age, and ideas to help you start a conversation about digital wellbeing.