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Understanding Cyber Wellness
Our students today belong to a linkstergeneration who areconstantly connected. The open nature of the internet poses adanger to our students as it can expose them to undesirablecontent which may corrupt their value systems, and to unnecessaryhurts.
Cyber Wellness is important as it looks into the positive well-beingof 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,responsible behaviour with regard to technology use as well asknowledge, skills, values and attitudes on how to protect oneselfand other internet users in the cyber world. It looks into thepositive physical and psychosocial well-being of students in theiruse of mobile and internet technologies.
Figure 1: MOE Cyber Wellness Framework
The MOE Cyber Wellness Framework (Figure 1) guides schools inplanning for a Cyber Wellness programme. It focuses on developingthe child’s instinct to protect himself and empowers him to takeresponsibility for his own wellbeing in cyberspace. It highlights twoprinciples to guide students in their actions, describes a 3-stepprocess to explore Cyber Wellness issues and encourages schools topartner parents in promoting Cyber Wellness among students.
Respect for Self and Others
Students should be able to:
1. Uphold their own dignity when online (e.g. avoid surfinginappropriate sites and participating in illegal online activities).
2. Respect others (e.g. avoid using the work of others withoutpermission and publishing undesirable materials that hurtothers).
Safe and Responsible Use
Students should be able to:
1. Understand the risks of harmful and illegal online behaviours,and learn how to protect themselves as well as to avoid dangersthey may encounter online.
2. Evaluate the consequences of their decisions/ behaviours whileonline and make responsible choices to protect themselves andthe community (e.g. not spending excessive amount of timechatting or playing games online, and reporting victims of cyber
bullying to a trusted adult/authority).
Students should always “be aware” of issues, “think” before“acting” while they are online. Therefore, “Sense, Think and Act” isa simple learning cycle for pupils to adopt. Schools should reinforcethis process when delivering their cyber wellness programmes.
Sense. Students should be able to “sense” the risks of harmfulbehaviours online and learn how to manage such risks as well asprotect themselves from the dangers.
Think.To develop students’ ability to respond to new encounters incyberspace, it is important to provide opportunities for students toanalyse, evaluate and reflect on cyber wellness issues.
Act.Students should eventually translate their understanding intoactions that will keep them safe while online.
Goals and Key Messages for Cyber Wellness
Goals of Cyber Wellness
The goal of the Cyber Wellness curriculum is to equip students withlife-long social-emotional competencies and sound values so thatthey can become safe, respectful and responsible users ofInformation and Communication Technology (ICT).
The Secondary School Syllabus is designed with the students’developmental needs in mind and aims to build up from what thestudents have learned in Primary schools, to progress from theAwareness stage, to the Application stage, and finally to theAdvocacy stage (Annex A).
The key messages to students are to:
1. Embrace ICT yet maintain a balanced lifestyle between thephysical and the cyber world
2. Harness the power of ICT for positive purposes
3. Maintain a positive presence in cyberspace
4. Be a safe and responsible user of ICT
Cyber Wellness and Social and EmotionalCompetencies
Table 1 outlines the respective social and emotional competenciesthat will be emphasised for each theme and topic.
Three domains cut across almost all the topics:
1. Self-Management covers impulse control and stressmanagement to address issues such as addiction and cyberbullying.
2. Social Awareness covers perspective-taking and empathy, suchas the need to be culturally-aware and sensitive when postingopinions online.
3. Responsible Decision-Making helps students put thesecompetencies into practice as they use the ICT.
Cyber Wellness in YISS
To empower and equip Yusoffians to be Respectful and Responsible cyber users with Integrity for safe navigation in the cyberspace and user of Information and Commmunication Technology.
· To raise cyber wellness awareness among Yusoffians
· To inculcate cyber wellness and values
· To equip Yusoffians with knowledge and skills to be safe users of ICT
· To develop Yusoffians to be leaders of good character in cyberspace
Importance of Cyber wellness in YI
The cyber wellness programme enable our Yusoffians to be equipped with basic information and communication technology knowledge and to internalise the cyber wellness issues such as netiquette, computer security, cyber bullying, social media and game addiction and copy right issues which enable our pupils to Sense, Think and Act responsibly in cyberspace.
Through these activities, Yusoffians are equipped with knowledge, cyber wellness awareness, values and skills on information and communication technology that will enable our pupils to become more responsible, active citizens and global thinkers inculcated with strong cyber wellness principles.
Cyber wellness Lessons
Lessons in VIP and Post-exam period.
Assembly Talks, Cyber wellness workshops, Cyber wellness Noticeboard, Cyber wellness Week
Working with parents
Seminar sessions with Parents on Cyber wellness issues during Parent-teacher meetings to support parents in understanding cyber wellness issues and risks, as well as involve parents in reinforcing cyber wellness principles at home.
Working with community
Partnership with NLB
Counselling for at-risk students by FTSC