Cyber Wellness

What is Cyber Wellness?


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Cyber Wellness refers to the positive well-being of Internet users.

When navigating cyberspace, students should demonstrate respect for self and others and practise safe and responsible use.

It involves an understanding of online behaviour and awareness of how to protect oneself in cyberspace and become responsible digital learners.

It is also important to be a positive peer influence by harnessing technology for collaboration, learning and productivity, as well as to use technology for the good of the community.



Cyberbullying refers to cruel or bullying messages sent to you online. These might be from former friends or other people you know. They can also be sent anonymously — in other words, on a website where everyone has a screen name, so you may be bullied but may not know who is bullying you. If you get these bullying messages online, it's often better to ignore them rather than reply.

Cyberbullies, just like other bullies, might be looking for attention or a reaction. By ignoring them, you can take away their power. You also can try to delete or block bullies online. If you're getting cyberbullied and ignoring it doesn't make it stop, it is important to get help from a parent, school counsellor, or another trusted adult.




Check your mood! Are you feeling upset or angry? Then it's not the time to be posting. People don't always think straight when they're stressed out or upset. Try to remain as anonymous as possible. That means keeping all private information private. Think carefully before you create an email address or screen name. Use a combination of letters and numbers that don't identify whether you're male or female.

Use a nickname that's different from your real name.

Keep online friendships in the virtual world. Meeting online friends carries more risks because it's so easy for people to pretend to be something they're not. If you ever get involved in online chats that make you feel uncomfortable or in danger for any reason, exit and tell a parent or trusted adult right away.



as a general guideline, what you wouldn’t say or do in front of a live audience, you shouldn’t say or do it online.

Respectful online communities

encourage your friends to treat others with as much respect as those they meet face to face.


caution your friends if they post provocative photos of themselves.

Tone and feelings

it’s often hard to “read” emotion in emails. Using emoticons like smiley faces can help.


encourage your friends to be cautious about their identity, because not everyone online is who they say they are.

Online “frenemies”

your friends can block or “unfriend” people who don’t treat them with respect online.

Rude or nasty comments on profile pages

your friends should delete any such comments.

Online information

share only as much as necessary.

Privacy settings

caution your friends to keep settings up to date on social networking sites, so their profile isn’t publicly available.

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