Lesson 10

WALT: gain an understanding of what "digital health and well being" is and how it applies to our own lives as digital citizens


• As a class, brainstorm what the words "health"and "well-being" mean. Develop shared understandings and definitions.

What is Digital Health and Well-Being?

• Digital Health and Well-Being can be defined as the awareness and prevention of technological based problems. These are usually psychological or physical.
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How much is too much?

According to Nielsen, teenagers in the U.S. sent and received an average of 3,276 texts per month in the last quarter of 2010.
A Pew Research Center study from 2010 reported that more than four out of five teens with cellphones sleep with the phone on or near the bed, sometimes falling asleep with it in their hands in the middle of a conversation. Pew’s Amanda Lenhart, a senior research specialist, said “many expressed reluctance to ever turn their phones off.’’

Its getting to the point where hospitals are starting to see young patients who come in exhausted from being “on call’’ or semi-alert all night as they wait for their phones to vibrate or ring with a text.

Communication is an essential ingredient in all of our lives, but too much or too little can have devastating effects.
With new communication channels springing to life in games, social media, and smartphone apps on a regular basis, people suffer great anxiety over not keeping up with their friends and family. And when they turn things off, they suffer even greater anxiety over feeling left out.

Effective ways of managing our communications is a critical skill currently not being taught in school.

Source - Futurist Thomas Frey


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Information on cellphone use and health risks


1. Have you or your family taken any steps at home to ensure your computers are set up properly to prevent injury?
2. What could we do as a class to ensure our own health and well being when using digital devices?


• Make sure you are not sitting too close to the monitor - about an arms length away for 40cm screens is recommended.
• At least every 20 minutes look away from the screen for at least 30 seconds
• Remember to blink - we often blink a lot less when reading and looking at a screen, which causes eyes to be uncomfortable,
blurred and dry
• Use enough lighting - inadequate light can force your eyes to work more and to make you move closer to the screen. Too much
light can lead to headaches and sore eyes.


• Write a reflection of what you now understand about "digital health and well being"

1. Draft the reflection in your draft books
2. Proof read and edit your writing
3. Conference with teacher
4. Publish your reflection on your blog, use the title - "My Reflections on Digital Health"
5. Invite a friend to comment on your post. (Remember the rules for positive commenting)