Digital Health and Wellness

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Eye safety, repetitive stress syndrome, and sound ergonomic practices are issues that need to be addressed in a new technological world. Beyond the physical issues are those of the psychological issues that are becoming more prevalent such as Internet addiction. Users need to be taught that there inherent dangers of technology. Digital Citizenship includes a culture where technology users are taught how to protect themselves through education and training.

Common Repetetive Stress Injuries include:

Carpal tunnel syndrome.

For definitions go to Teens Health.

Student Interpretations:

Repetitive Stress Injury
Internet Addiction

Digital Health & Wellness Slide Show

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Some of the warning signs according to Dr. John Suler are:
  • " Denial and lying about the amount of time spent on the computer or about what they are doing on the computer.
  • Excessive fatigue and changes in sleeping habits, such as getting up early or staying up late (in order to spend more time online).
  • Academic problems, usually grades slipping. Sometimes parents might overlook the fact that the computer is the culprit since they assume their children are doing school work at the keyboard.
  • Withdrawal from friends and declining interest in hobbies (online friends and activities are taking the place of the "real" world).
  • Loss of appetite; irritability when cut-off from computer use; a decline in their appearance or hygiene.
  • Disobedience and acting out. Teens may become very hostile when parents confront them. They may deliberately break the computer-use rules that are set. Their reactions may be so intense because they feel that they are being cut off from their attachments to cyberfriends."

Internet Addiction Test: Are you addicted?

Guidelines for teens

  • Make sure you are not sitting too close to the monitor - about an arms length away for 40cm screens is recommended.
  • At least every 20 minutes look away from the screen for at least 30 seconds
  • Remember to blink - we often blink a lot less when reading and looking at a screen, which causes eyes to be uncomfortable, blurred and dry.
  • Use enough lighting - inadequate light can force your eyes to work more and to make you move closer to the screen. Too much light can lead to headaches and sore eyes.
  • Look at Healthy Computing
  • Look at "PostureMinder"s videos on

Check out the following videos about Ergonomic Stretching

Student Interpretations

Repetetive Stress Injury

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