K12 Cyber Awareness Month – Week #4 – Digital Wellness (Transcript)

The K12 Cyber Awareness Month logo for 2022 appears.

The logo is inspired by a comic book design with lively colours, yellow, blue, pink, green and white. The text “October 2022” pops up on the left corner, the black text “2022 K-12 CYBER AWARENESS MONTH” pops up at the bottom left portion of the logo and the white text “BE A CYBERHERO!” pops up in the middle of the screen at an angle followed by white stars and yellow lightning images surrounding that text.

A different comic book background appears with the lively colours of purple, turquoise, yellow, green, red, orange, and blue. The white text “Week 4: Digital Wellness” appears in the centre right portion of the screen.

On the same background the previous text is replaced with “Starring: Niimi

On the same background the text disappears and the image of Niimi appears slightly to the right of the screen. Niimi is wearing a black and purple superhero costume with a red cape flowing in the wind. Niimi also has goggles and a purple flower in her hair.

<Narration> Have you noticed, it seems almost everyone is spending more and more time using technology – such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and watching TV? It’s important to have a healthy relationship with technology. And that’s why I’m here to share ways to support your Digital Wellness!

Scene – Niimi disappears and the white text “Digital Wellness” appears.

<Narration> Did you know that being in front of a screen for long periods of time can really increase our risk of inactivity, poor sleep, and less healthy food choices? In fact, the more we’re in front of a screen, the more our learning and social skills are impacted

Scene – an image of a park with two children sitting on the opposite sides of a bench playing on their phones and a third child standing playing on a phone appears.

<Narration> Take a moment to ask yourself… “how much time am I really spending on screens?”. – Studies show it’s recommended that we spend no more than two hours of recreational screen time per day.

<Narration> Another way to support your digital wellness is to create “screen-free zones” while you eat.

Scene – the same image of a park with two children on a bench and another standing reappears but without their devices and showing them communicating with one another

<Narration> Turn off devices and chat with the people around you! And if you choose to eat in front of a screen, make a new rule to have nutritious snacks.

Scene – the image of the park and bench reappears with Niimi riding a bicycle from right to left

<Narration> How about trying out activities that don’t require electronic devices like playing at the park or playing frisbee.

<Narration> Did you know that when you sleep, you provide your body and mind time to rest and recover? A good night’s sleep really contributes to positive mental and physical health.

Scene – an image of a bedroom with a child playing on a computer appears with an alarm clock that goes off

<Narration> So, if you play video games, turn off devices 60 to 90 minutes before bed. If you’re up for it, try a puzzle or read to relax before falling asleep.

<Narration> When you’re spending time on social media, at home with your family, or with your friends  it’s important to remember that healthy relationships are based on respect, caring, empathy, trust, and dignity. Learning these skills can help you create positive patterns of communication, leading to fostering healthy and cooperative relationships that support your academic success.

<Narration> To build your digital awareness, be mindful of your personal boundaries and be aware of who you are talking to, what words are being said or typed, how people are being treated, and the images you see. Look for online communities that promote healthy relationships, diverse perspectives and identities, and respect for diverse bodies, sizes, appearances and abilities.

<Narration> Stay safe out there – and remember to be mindful of your Digital Wellness! Scene – The K-12 Cyber Awareness Month logo reappears.

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