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What is Cyber-Wellness?
Cyber Wellness (CW) refers to the positive well-being of Internet users. It involves an understanding of online behaviour and awareness of how to protect oneself in cyberspace. The focus of CW is about helping students to become responsible digital learners. When navigating cyberspace, students should demonstrate respect for self and others and practise safe and responsible use. Students should also be a positive peer influence by harnessing technology for collaboration, learning and productivity, as well as advocating positive use of technology for the good of the community.
MOE Cyber-Wellness Framework
MOE uses the CW framework to develop the child’s instinct to protect and empower him to take responsibility for his own well-being in cyberspace. The three principles, ‘Respect for Self and Others’, ‘Safe and Responsible Use’ and ‘Positive Peer Influence’ when adhered to will anchor a child’s well-being in cyberspace as he will then be able to make careful and well-considered decisions.
(1) Respect for Self and Others
Students need to:
- uphold their own dignity when online (e.g. share appropriate content and participate in only legal online activities)
- respect other people online (e.g. put themselves in others’ shoes, accept diverse views and opinions, give credit when using other people’s work and seek permission where necessary, avoid sharing hurtful materials).
(2) Safe and Responsible Use
Students need to:
- have an understanding of the risks of harmful and illegal online behaviour, and take steps to protect themselves (e.g. keep their personal information private, verify the reliability of information using various sources, take steps to avoid dangers they may encounter online).
- make wise and healthy choices (e.g. maintain a healthy balance of their online and offline activities).
(3) Positive Peer Influence
Students need to:
- be a positive role model online (e.g. share healthy and positive content, harness the affordances of technology to do good for society).
- advocate positive online behaviour (e.g. stand up for their peers online, report cases of cyber bullying to a trusted adult/authority, post encouraging remarks on social media).
MOE’S Cyber-Wellness Education
Cyber-wellness Education comprises
b) the school-wide programmes (e.g. CW assembly talks, CW activities) to reinforce the importance of CW and its messages.
Schools are guided by the CW framework to plan and implement CW education which are customised to the student profile and school environment.
Schools are required to carry out CW lessons in the FTGP and CCE curriculum which seeks to equip students with life-long social-emotional competencies and sound values so that they can become safe, respectful and responsible user of Information Communications Technology (ICT) (shown below).
Cyber Wellness Mobile App for Parents - 'notAnoobie' (2014): Accessed at http://notanoobie.com.sg
The notAnoobie mobile app, developed by Singtel and TOUCH Cyber Wellness, aims to help parents understand and follow cyber-related developments and issues such as gaming, mobile technology and device addiction, social media dos and don’ts, as well as identifying and stopping cyber bullying, inappropriate content online and protecting personal privacy online. The app content includes articles, reviews, success stories, quizzes and daily tips.
With this app, parents can now be armed with the knowledge on-the-go and help educate their children to be responsible digital citizens and look out for possible online dangers. This app will allow parents to harness the potential of the cyber world and better connect with their children and help families grow closer with mutual understanding and respect.
The app can be downloaded free from iTunes and Google play stores by mobile users in Singapore on any network.
Discerning between real and fake news:
Useful Cyber-Wellness References (Please click on links to download.)