What is Cyber Wellness?
The Cyber Wellness Framework
- uphold their own dignity when online (e.g. share appropriate content and participate in only legal online activities)
- respect other people online (e.g. put themselves in others’ shoes, accept diverse views and opinions, give credit when using other people’s work and seek permission where necessary, avoid sharing hurtful materials).
- have an understanding of the risks of harmful and illegal online behaviours, and take steps to protect themselves (e.g. keep their personal information private, verify the reliability of information using various sources, take steps to avoid dangers they may encounter online).
- make wise and healthy choices (e.g. maintain a healthy balance of their online and offline activities)
- be a positive role model online (e.g. share healthy and positive content, harness the affordances of technology to do good for society)
- advocate positive online behaviour (e.g. stand up for their peers online, report cases of cyber bullying to a trusted adult/authority, post encouraging remarks on social media)
MOE's Cyber Wellness Education
MOE's Cyber Wellness Curriculum in Schools
The goal of CW lessons is to equip students with life-long social-emotional competencies and sound values so that they can become safe, respectful and responsible users of Information Communications Technology (ICT).
The four key messages for students are:
- 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 cyberspace
- Be a safe and responsible user of ICT
Lessons are delivered via Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP) in primary schools and in the Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) curriculum in secondary schools and Pre-Universities. Key CW topics are also incorporated in subjects such as English and Mother Tongue Languages.
The CW curriculum, summarised in the table below, is guided by the three CW principles and is aligned to three Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) big ideas. It covers four themes and eight topics.
|3 Principles||3 Big Ideas||4 Themes||8 Topics||Protected Curriculum Time|
|1) Respect for Self & others|
2) Safe & Responsible Use
3) Positive Peer Influence
Online identity and expression
Balanced use of ICT
About the cyber world
Handling online content and behaviour
Sense-Think-Act @ Home
To complement the CW curriculum in schools, parents can set a good example at home in the use of technology and play an active role in guiding our children to navigate in cyberspace. To ensure that their children are safe and have positive experiences online, parents can:
For more information on CW and resources and tips for students, educators and parents, visit the ICT Connection portal.
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