Addiction to social networking and smartphone apps

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  • Introduction: Hello, I am ______, and she/he is _______, and we are Cyber-wellness ambassadors from New Media Arts.
  • As NMA Cyberwellness ambassadors, we created this cyberwellness civics package for all JC1s, customising it so that it relates better to all of us. We hope that you give us your full cooperation and enjoy today’s lesson while learning more about cyberwellness.
  • Before looking specifically at cyberwellness,it is important that all of us be a Smart Digital Citizen and a Media Literate. We would like to encourage everyone to harness the internet for a good cause and contribute positively to make the online environment a better place for all. Today, in particular, we want to explore how we can inspire each other positively.
  • Before we start, we want to define cyberwellness.Cyberwellness is the positive wellbeing of internet users and a healthy cyber culture for the internet communityIt involves 3 main areas:understanding of the risks of harmful online behavior, an awareness of how to protect oneself and others from such behavior, and a recognition of the power of the Internet to benefit oneself and the community at large
  • Cyberwellness covers a whole range of topics that includeCyberbullyingMaking friends onlineSharing personal information onlineCyber securityInternet AddictionGaming AddictionInternet LawJust to name a few.
  • Today, we will focus on something that is closer to us, in fact, in our pockets.Addiction to Social Networking and Smartphone Apps
  • Sit back and watch the video on social media addiction
  • The video you have just seen is an exaggeration of addiction to social networking sites and smartphone games. How do you yourself know if you are addicted to social networking sites and smartphone games?
  • If the first thing you do in the morning is to reach for your phoneto check your messages on Facebook, tweet something, update or check out other people's profiles, it may be a sign that you are addicted to your smartphone
  • Can you survive the day without your handphone? Say, if you leave your phone at home, do you feel anxious? Studies have found that being separated from their phones or turning off their phones can induce physical and mental withdrawal symptoms similar to those exhibited by drug addicts.
  • Does your life revolve around your phone so much that you feel that there is nothing to do without your phone? Or when you are bored, the first thing you do is look at your phone, hoping to find some twitter updates or messages from your friends?Do you often pull out your handphone while waiting for your food to arrive?
  • Do you often snap a picture of your lunch and post it on Instagram? Or tweet to tell everyone of your followers that you couldn’t get onto 3 buses in a row? Or do you check-in at all the places you visit on Four Square?
  • What are the effects of this addiction?
  • Social media networks, such as Facebook or Twitter, should bring you closer to your family and friends. When you find that you turn down plans to go out with people in real life to spend time on a social network, this may indicate a problem. Letting your time online overtake the time you spend with people offline makes people around you feel hurt and neglected. Eventually, your relationships with those near you fail and you become isolated.
  • Losing Sleep and time: You realise that you stay up very late to complete your homework. Often this is not because there is too much homework. Your focus and attention span is cut down significantly if you are distracted by your phone. As a result, more time is spent doing your work or revising for that major exam when it could have been done in a significantly shorter time. Staying up late, or forcing yourself to stay up all night to socialize online, also hurts your mood and may make you short-tempered or easily angered.
  • Spending so much time on social networking and smartphone games and apps cost you a lot of precious time in the critical months leading up to your Mid Course Exam or your A Level Exam.Your mind is also constantly on playing your game or reading your twitter updates so much so that you cannot fully concentrate on your work. Don’t let your smartphone ruin your future.
  • Now we will move on to a group activity (10 minutes)<Read out instructions clearly>
  • We will now share with you some ways to help yourself and your peers who are addicted to social networking or smartphone apps. Some of these points have been mentioned by your classmates during the group activity earlier.
  • Ultimately, remind yourself of your goals.
  • These are two helplines that you and your friends can go to if you need help. For other helplines, visit www.medialiteracycouncil.sg
  • You may approach our school counsellors and your tutors if you need help.
  • In your groups, pick up a post it and write down One commitment to avoid social networking / smartphone apps addiction for ourselvesOne commitment to help our friends avoid social networking / smartphone apps addictionOne commitment on one way to make the internet a better place for allYour CG Rep will collate your responses and post them up on youthchaNgE Buzz
  • Go to www.nma.sg/youthchange website. Click on ‘share as’ and this screen will appear. Under ‘your name’, type in your CG.
  • The best CG will be awarded with movie passes for the entire CG! A CG Outing, anyone?
  • Do remember to go onto the LMS to complete the survey on today’s lesson. Lucky participants stand to win Movie Vouchers
  • This is the end of the lesson. We hope you enjoyed our presentation and have learnt how to help yourself or your friends to cope with addiction to social networking and smartphone apps. Thank you.

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  • 1. JC1 CYBERWELLNESS CIVICS PROGRAMME In collaboration with
  • 2. NMA Cyberwellness Ambassadors • JC1 NMA students • We have created a Cyberwellness Civics Package for you • Customised it so that it relates better to everyone
  • 3. Responsibility EmpathyIntegrityRespect Astuteness & Discernment Inspiring Others Positively A set of core values and skills to empower one to be a media literate person. . •Content Creators are ethical in all online communications & interactions •Content Consumers are able to discern and critically evaluate the veracity of information in media and social media Media Literacy Core Values
  • 4. What is Cyberwellness? • Positive well-being of Internet users and a healthy cyber culture for the Internet community It involves • understanding of the risks of harmful online behavior, • an awareness of how to protect oneself and others from such behavior, and • a recognition of the power of the Internet to benefit oneself and the community at large
  • 5. Topics in Cyberwellness • Cyberbullying • Making friends online • Sharing personal information online • Cyber security • Internet Addiction • Gaming Addiction • Internet Law
  • 6. Addiction to Social Media and Smartphone Apps
  • 7. Objectives of today’s session 1) To increase awareness of addiction to social media sites and phone applications e.g. Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. 2) To empower you with coping strategies to cope with / help your friends cope with the addiction 3) To reflect on how to become a responsible user of social networking sites and pledge your commitment towards building a healthy cyber culture via youthchaNgE Buzz
  • 8. Video – Social Media Addiction (3:40) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ8AUBn-4DY
  • 9. How do you know if you are addicted to social networking sites and smartphone games?
  • 10. You check your mentions, messages, retweets or post something on any of your social media accounts first thing when you wake up. IT’S THE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
  • 11. YOU THINK IT’S WORSE TO LEAVE YOUR PHONE AT HOME THAN TO LEAVE YOUR WALLETAT HOME When you can’t leave your phone. It needs to be by your side all the time.
  • 12. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO DO • You feel bored and tired without your phone. There is no entertainment and there isn’t anything else to do. • You repeatedly look at your phone when you are bored or while waiting for your food to be served at a restaurant.
  • 13. A MUST • You have to share everything you’re doing , where you are , who are you with on social networking sites like twitter, etc.
  • 14. YOUR SCHOOLWORK IS AFFECTED • You cannot seem to complete an hour of homework or studying without looking at your phone
  • 15. Effects of Addiction
  • 16. Losing Relationships
  • 17. Losing Sleep and Time
  • 18. Losing sight of your goal to enter University
  • 19. Group Activity
  • 20. Group Activity • Read the case study given to your group • Discuss ways to help the person involved Nominate a person in your group to: 1. Describe the situation or problem that the person in the case study is experiencing 2. What are the effects if the behaviour continues 3. Suggest ways that the problem could be prevented 4. Suggests ways that your group think can help
  • 21. SELF HELP AND SEEKING HELP
  • 22. 1. Track Your Time Online – The simplest way to ensure you aren’t wasting time in any one place is to monitor your time. Use a stopwatch and set a limit. When time is up, log out, regardless of what’s left. There is always tomorrow. 2. Remember the Telephone - A call to a friend works just as well as a Facebook message, and it is real human interaction, something you maybe losing touch with. 3. Go Outside – get away from your portal to the network. Get some sunshine, chances are you need it. Useful tips
  • 23. 4. Use Your Networks Productively –use Twitter only to share and interact with people with similar interests as you. Do not follow or allow people to follow just because you want to increase the numbers 5. Prioritize - Use these tools only when your work has been done, or during down time. Don’t spend time updating your profile or changing your picture when there is work to be done. This will not only save you time and increase productivity, but will build self discipline as well.
  • 24. 6. Stop Procrastinating – Many times we get on Facebook or twitter when we have real work that we just don’t want to do. Stop that! Get the work done. Once you finish you’ll have all the time in the world to spend making friends on Facebook. 7. Remove the Cell phone Apps – You don’t really need Facebook or Twitter on your phone. Nothing on there can be that important. Save your social networking for when you are behind the desk and limit the distractions throughout the day.
  • 25. 8. Spend More Time With Close Friends and Family – You aren’t the only one who suffers when you spend countless hours on MySpace. et back to friends and family. 9. Avoid Denial: Do you spend over 5-6 hours surfing and clicking around different social media channels, or maybe even just one? Do you ignore doing other tasks or spending time with others? Is the first thing you do when you wake up is tweet and do you tweet right before you close your eyes?
  • 26. 10. Pick Up a New Hobby: If you find yourself spending too much time using social media channels, think about picking up and adopting a new hobby, preferably one which you can practice outdoors and away from your computer! 11. Don’t Compensate: Whether you are trying to get over a bad break up, avoiding something or running away from a family situation, do not compensate by using social media! 12. Buddy up: pair up with another friend to help each other combat excessive use. For example, during breaks, if you see your buddy start playing with the phone, tell him/her to stop.
  • 27. Remind yourselves of your goals • You are in JC now and the ultimate goal you want to achieve is to obtain an A-Level Certificate worthy enough of you to enter the University course of your choice • You do not want little distraction like these to affect your studies and therefore, reminding yourselves of your goals will allow you to be much more motivated and determined.
  • 28. Touch Cyber Wellness http://www.planetcrush.org/ Blk 162, Bukit Merah Central, #05-3555, Singapore 150162 General Enquiries: 6273 5568 Counselling Services (TOUCHline): 1800 377 2252 National Addictions Management Services www.nams.sg Institute of Mental Health Buangkok Green Medical Park 10 Buangkok View Singapore 539747 Addiction Helplines: 6-RECOVER for all addictions For more helplines, visit http://www.medialiteracycouncil.sg/Resources/Pages/getting- help.aspx Helplines – Seeking Help
  • 29. Help is also available at IJC • Ms Lisa Lee (Full Time School Counsellor) – Ext. 891 • Mr Adam (Part Time School Counsellor) – Ext. 594 • Speak to your tutors
  • 30. youthchaNgE Buzz Challenge! • In your groups, write down 1. One commitment to avoid social networking / smartphone apps addiction for ourselves 2. One commitment to help our friends avoid social networking / smartphone apps addiction 3. One commitment on one way to make the internet a better place for all • CG reps will collate your post-its and put them up on youthchaNgE Buzz
  • 31. http://www.nma.sg/youthchange/ Type in CG: e.g. 1301A
  • 32. • In your groups, write down 1. One commitment to avoid social networking / smartphone apps addiction for ourselves 2. One commitment to help our friends avoid social networking / smartphone apps addiction 3. One commitment on one way to make the internet a better place for all MDA and IJC will select the best post. The winning CG will win movie passes for the entire CG and your CT! youthchaNgE Buzz Challenge!
  • 33. Give us your feedback! • Log on to LMS Survey: Cyberwellness Civics Lesson. • Lucky participants will win attractive prizes! 
  • 34. THE END THANK YOU!