We are currently developing a range of resources and programmes to support schools to address issues of digital wellbeing. Some of these relate to more widely recognised areas of digital safety and security, such as cyber bullying and privacy and protection of data and information. Others relate to wellbeing in a more holistic sense.
Our resources and programmes can be integrated with schools’ existing wellbeing initiatives, or can be used to address specific topics that impact wellbeing in addition to impacting teaching and learning. For example, skills for thinking critically about information shared on social media can also be applied to thinking critically when carrying out online research.
There is an increasing body of research in the developmental psychology domain about the impact of technology and social media usage as young people develop and construct their own personal identities, and how the creation and maintenance of a ‘digital self’ can cause young people anxiety and dissonance. This is a relatively new area of research, and we are currently working through how initiatives that address these findings can be implemented in a school setting, and in relation to the different developmental stages of school-aged students.