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Finding Balance in a Digital World (UK)

How do we balance digital media use in our lives?

We use digital media every day, from texting, streaming TV programmes and gaming, all the way to using voice assistants or ordering our food online. For today's children and young people, it's a lot more than just "screen time". So how can we help learners balance their online and offline lives? It starts with recognising just how much media we use.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Reflect on their common online and offline activities.
  • Identify ways to "unplug" to maintain balance between online and offline activities.
  • Use the "Digital Habits Checkup" routine to create a personal challenge to achieve more media balance.
Key Vocabulary: digital media  ·  media balance  ·  red flag feeling
digital media:
information that comes to us through the internet, often through a tablet, smartphone or laptop
media balance:
using media in a way that feels healthy and in balance with other life activities (family, friends, school, hobbies, etc.)
red flag feeling:
when something happens that makes you feel uncomfortable, worried, sad or anxious
Media Balance & Well-Being

Lesson Plan

50 mins.

What You'll Need

Classroom resources

Take-home resources

  • Family Activity
  • Family Tips