Encourage Critical Thinking
It is always important to promote and encourage critical thinking when it comes to navigating the digital world. Students should always be evaluating the reliability and objectives of the websites they are visiting, the communications they are receiving, and social media content that they are exposed to.
Be Familiar with the Tools and Potential Risks
Ensure that you have a basic understanding of the digital tools and applications that your students are using both inside and outside of the classroom walls so that you can support and facilitate safe use. Understanding how a particular tool works and the features that it offers can help avoid potential dangers and safety risks.
Engage in Ongoing and Frequent Conversations
You can never have too many conversations about digital wellness and staying safe online. Pose a variety of questions on an ongoing basis and discuss the positive and negative aspects of all things digital. Take the time to share personal experiences, perspectives, and always make yourself approachable when it comes discussing any digital topics.
Model Healthy Digital Strategies and Practices
Students will alway benefit when they observe best practices demonstrated in first hand scenarios and situations. Model the set up of an account, navigating new digital applications, creating a strong password, interacting with others online, and the creation of inspiring and positive content.
Take Advantage of Online Resources and Lessons
There are many wonderful and impactful digital resources available to support educator's digital wellness teachings in the classroom. Perhaps even check out some of UpSavvy's interactive content to help teach students invaluable life long digital citizenship and literacy skills.
Protect Personal Information and Privacy
Always go that extra step to protect student information and privacy. Avoid using identifying information at all times (last names, birthdays, and public images), and be sure to always check with your school IT individual about any new digital application that you plan to use with your students. They should be able to provide additional insight into any student data storage concerns, suitable usage or applications, or aspects to consider before implementation.