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.

Parents as Partners

As parents, you are our key partners in ensuring holistic CW education for our children.  Through our CW lessons and programmes, the students receive these key messages:

  • Embrace ICT yet maintain a balanced lifestyle between the physical and the cyber world
  • Harness the power of ICT for positive purposes
  • Maintain a positive presence in cyber space
  • Be a safe and responsible user of ICT

Be the Role Model

Parents could set a good example at home in the use of technology and play an active role in guiding your children to navigate in cyberspace.

  • Show your children how to be safe, responsible and respectful online. The values that guide everyday interactions are applicable online.
  • Practise asking for consent before posting photos, videos, and details online (including your children’s).
  • Be mindful of your digital media use (or over-use).

Resources for Parents

1.  To support all parents, there is a range of CW resources in MOE’s ICT Connection website.  These include:

 

2.  Since March 2017, the CW team at Meridian also initiated monthly CW messages for parents in the form of useful articles and/or tips.

  • March 2017:  Helping students managing cyber bullying.  See tip sheet.
  • April 2017:  8 Digital skills we must teach our children.  Read article.
  • May 2017:  Suicide Games and Online Media:  What Should Parents Do? See pointers.
  • July 2017: Five Ways to Transform Your Kids’ Screen Time. See advice.
  • August 2017:  The disturbing YouTube videos that are tricking children.  Read article.
  • September 2017:  A parent’s guide to Snapchat.  See guide.
  • October 2017: Fake or Real?  Let’s find out.
  • November 2017:  TV and Video Games in Bedroom: What are the effects on school, health and behaviour?

Setting Parental Controls on ICT Devices

In this digital age, it is common to see technological devices in the hands of our children.  As parents, we know that technology has become an integral part of their everyday life; and we need to support our children in harnessing it meaningfully.

 

Having regular conversations with our children about the importance of safe, healthy and balanced use and role-modelling it are ways in which we can help them develop self-regulation.  At times, we may not be by their side when they surf the Internet or play computer games.  To complement your current parenting practices, you can use parental controls and Internet filters to safeguard your children from inappropriate websites and help them navigate the digital world safely.

 

Please see links for setting up parental controls on common operating systems and web browsers.

We hope that you can help to reinforce these CW messages at home.   For enquiries on the school’s Cyber Wellness programme, please email: