4 Steps towards digital wellness for students

The media loves sensational tech stories. Remember that one where young people were growing “horns” on their skulls because of their phones? That seems plausible, right? Except that it was based on a faulty study, which essentially renders it as fake.

This is just one example of the many articles that warn us of the latest shocking discoveries about the dangers of technology. In reality, our fixation on bad news makes us overlook the fact that we need more evidence-based research before declaring phones a health hazard. As Oxford professors put it, “The debate over digital technology and young people needs less shock and more substance”.

However, we can’t ignore the extent of technology use in our lives. According to the Pew Research Center, “Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly’”. This type of data can help educators, parents, or policy makers better understand how students interact with technology, particularly how to create a healthy relationship with it.

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