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Cyber Wellness

What is 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.

MOE Cyber Wellness Framework

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MOE uses the CW framework to develop the child’s instinct to protect and empower him to take responsibility for his own well-being in cyberspace. The three principles, ‘Respect for Self and Others’, ‘Safe and Responsible Use’ and ‘Positive Peer Influence’ when adhered to will anchor a child’s well-being in cyberspace as he will then be able to make careful and well-considered decisions. In PRSS, we are guided by the CW framework to plan and implement holistic CW Education which is customised to the student profile and school environment.

PRSS Cyber Wellness Framework

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Principles

(1) Respect for Self and Others
Students need to:

  • 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).

(2) Safe and Responsible Use
Students need to:

  • 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)

(3) Positive Peer Influence 

Students need to:

  • 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)

PRSS Cyber Wellness Programme

In PRSS, our vision is to develop Pasirians as savvy online users who have positive online influence. To do so, we have a 3-pronged approach:

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Cyber Wellness Curriculum

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:

  1. Embrace ICT yet maintain a balanced lifestyle between the physical and the cyber world
  2. Harness the power of ICT for positive purposes
  3. Maintain a positive presence in cyberspace
  4. Be a safe and responsible user of ICT

Lessons are delivered via the Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) curriculum in PRSS. 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

Identity

Cyber Identity
Healthy self-identity

Cyber Use
Balanced life and balanced use

Online identity and expression

Balanced use of ICT

Primary
14 lessons within Form Teacher Guidance Period since 2014

 

Secondary
18 lessons in the CCE CW Guidance Module since 2014,
4 hours for Sec 1 to 4, and
2 hours for Sec 5

 

Pre-University
2 lessons within the CCE curriculum from 2016

Relationships

Cyber Relationships
Safe and meaningful

Netiquette

Cyber bullying

Online relationships

Choices

Cyber Citizenship
Positive presence

About the cyber world

Handling online content and behaviour

Cyber Contacts


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. In partnership with parents, we also organise parenting workshops for parents during PTMs to learn more about what teenagers do online and how to effectively manage some of the challenges they face in managing their children’s online behaviour.

To ensure that their children are safe and have positive experiences online, parents can:

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According to a 2017 study by consultancy Ernst & Young (EY), Singaporeans spend over 12 hours on their digital gadgets daily. More than half the student population in general spend more than three hours in the cyber world on non-work related activities. The Cyber Wellness programme in PRSS aim to equip students with the knowledge, skills and values to exhibit appropriate behaviour when interacting with other cyber users to advocate a safe and healthy cyber community.

Assembly Talks

Cyber Wellness is especially important for our internet-savvy youth today. All students will attend assembly talks and lessons which will teach them how to stay safe in cyber-world. There are also competitions and termly just-in-time holiday reminders to engage students. Topics covered include socializing on social media platforms, fake news, copyright issues, cyber-gaming, Internet addiction, cyber-bullying and cyber-relationships.

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Student Leaders Positive Peer Advocacy 

In PRSS, we also engage student leaders to lead Cyber Wellness peer advocacy projects. A signature event is the Cyber Wellness Fest. Experiential learning games led by Cyber Wellness Champs, talks, exhibitions and awareness competitions are organised to further inculcate Cyber Wellness values. We also collaborate with external organisations such as Singapore Kindness Movement, National Library Board and Fei Yue Social Services in organizing our activities. Our Student Councillors also organise the Safer Internet Awareness Campaign Week to further spread awareness and share tips on all Cyber Wellness issues. Cyber Wellness. As advocacy, our students have also created posters.

 
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Sharing of our Cyber Wellness expertise

To further develop and share our expertise in Cyber Wellness, the school presented our Cyber Wellness programme at the National Cyber Wellness STAR Award Conference 2015, Cyber Wellness Connexion 2017, and National Cyber Wellness Student Ambassador Summit 2017. Our student leaders have also participated in competitions such as Cyber Warriors Challenge and National Cyber Wellness Advocacy Challenge. Our student, Ong Jiang En was also awarded the National Cyber Wellness Student Ambassador Award in 2017.

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Partnerships with other schools

In partnership with other schools, we also collaborate closely with Saint Anthony Conossian Secondary School and Chong Zheng Primary School. Every year, we conducted workshops and trainings for the Cyber Wellness leaders. We have also conducted a PRSS x CZPS Cyber Wellness Fest at Chong Zheng Primary School for the Primary 4 students in 2017.

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