Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted have declared February 16-22, 2020 Digital Wellness Week in the state of Ohio.
The proclamation states, “In today’s world, it’s more important than ever that we successfully prepare our youth on how to interact socially, personally, and educationally in online environments.”
Digital Wellness Week is a statewide initiative designed to encourage Ohio students to make safe, healthy, and positive decisions in our technology-rich world. There are four focus areas; well-being, citizenship, etiquette, and safety.
You can visit www.wosu.org/digitalwellness to learn more about the state-wide project. New Albany Plain Local is one of many districts and organizations that collaborated to create this website and the resources.
The other groups include:
- WOSU Classroom
- ESC of Central Ohio
- Delaware City
- Grandview Heights
- Groveport Madison
- Logan Elm
- Teays Valley
- Upper Arlington City
- West Jefferson
Being successful in life and in a career requires each young learner to find balance between their face-to-face life and their digital life.
A brand-new Digital Wellness program launching this month in schools and districts across the state provides a playbook for principals and teachers on the attitudes, practices and ideas for creating a digital wellness culture in their schools.
Teachers at every grade level can easily implement the 20-minute lesson plans to ensure that students in primary, middle and high school have the tools, resources and skills to interact personally, socially and educationally in the real world and in digital spaces.
The four core principles of digital wellness:
Balance is Best. I will maintain a balance between digital and face-to-face interactions in life.
Be the Best You. I will be responsible, ethical, honest, and literate in today’s digital world.
It’s Cool To Be Kind. I will choose to be positive with others online.
Be Aware. I will be safe online and protect private information.
Helping build communities that educate and empower students to live a digitally balanced life, Digital Wellness is a rigorous curriculum to ensure students can make safe, healthy and positive decisions in this technology-rich world. Published by WOSU Classroom, the Digital Wellness program is the result of a statewide collaboration among of schools and districts from across Ohio. Educators are encouraged to take the digital wellness pledge and learn more at wosu.org/digital wellness.
About WOSU Classroom
WOSU Classroom, a part of WOSU Public Media, offers a wide variety of in-person and online professional learning opportunities suitable for educators of all grade levels and subject areas. Courses are offered for educators wishing to extend their knowledge and experience with technology integration. Learn more at wosu.org/classroom.
About WOSU Public Media
The mission of WOSU Public Media is to engage, inform and inspire our diverse community. An NPR and PBS affiliate, WOSU is a noncommercial multimedia organization serving over two million citizens in Central Ohio through broadcast, digital, programming, events and education experiences. A licensee of The Ohio State University, member-supported WOSU Public Media moves its headquarters and studios to the new 15+HIGH District on campus in 2021. Learn more at wosu.org.