What is technology related wellbeing?

Having a good anti-virus software that keeps all your files safe
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Making sure all your system updates are done and that your firewall is active
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Ensuring that the way we use the internet and technology does not have a negative effect on our mental or physical wellbeing
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A healthy balance of online and offline activities is essential for personal wellbeing

Why is technology related wellbeing important?

So you can go online without being hacked or scammed
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Without technology related wellbeing it would not be possible to stay up all night playing video games
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Without being mindful of how our internet use is affecting our personal wellbeing, our physical and mental health could be at risk
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Being mindful of the impact that excessive internet use can have on our health is important. Being aware of technology related wellbeing ensures that we do not neglect other areas of our personal health such as diet, sleeping, socialising and physical activity

What are the benefits of maintaining a healthy balance between screen time and non-internet activities?

There aren’t any benefits. Time offline is wasted time
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It gives the computer or console time to cool down
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A healthy balance is important in order to maintain friendships, relationships, hobbies and good physical health
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Finding a healthy balance will help you to keep active and social. It will also help you to not forget about other important things in your life such as careers or education

What is the recommended amount of screen time for children and teenagers?

Until you are ready for bed, or when you’re tired enough
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There isn’t one. Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say
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Health experts recommend 2 hours screen time on study days and 4 hours at weekends
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Not everyone is the same, but we all need a regular sleep pattern to stay healthy, especially if we have to study in the morning!

What are the physical effects of excessive screen time?

Over 24 hours in one session can lead to oversized eyeballs
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None. Just keep drinking water and set your screen to low brightness, you will be fine
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The physical effects of excessive screen time can include obesity, fatigue, back and neck problems, eye strain and headaches
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Too much screen time can lead to a number of physical problems, so finding a healthy balance is essential

What should you do if your internet use is affecting your physical health?

Just cut out sugar from your diet and you will be ok
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Rearrange your room so that you are more comfortable and take vitamin supplements
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Make changes to your screen time, talk to someone you trust and seek professional help
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Regaining control of healthy routines such as sleep, diet and exercise can be challenging, so you may find it easier to achieve this with the support of someone you trust, or a medical professional

What are the negative emotional effects of excessive screen time?

Nothing long term, everyone gets angry or sad every now and then
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Getting into arguments with people because you are always tired
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There are a number of negative effects including mood swings, loneliness, anxiety and depression
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Too much time online increases the risk of experiencing mental health problems - especially if you have any existing issues

How would we know if our screen time was affecting our mental health in a negative way?

Looking at a screen can’t affect our emotional or mental health. It’s just a screen
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You wouldn’t be able to eat
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Signs that your mental health could be affected by your online activities can include feelings of anxiousness, loneliness or sadness
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There are many signs you can look out for to help you remain mindful of your emotional wellbeing

What should you do if you think your mental health is being affected by your internet use?

Just ignore it, things get better on their own
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Talk to your friends on social media and see what they think
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Talk to someone you trust about your feelings and get professional help from your doctor
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If you are alone, you can contact your doctor or local health service for advice and professional support