At the beginning of the project, we created our own definition of what ‘Digital Wellbeing’ meant to us:
Digital wellbeing means being able to reach your full potential by having your rights upheld, and a sense of belonging, empowerment, freedom and feeling loved. It describes how digital media can improve people’s mental, physical, social and emotional health. Understanding and removing barriers to accessing technology is key to digital wellbeing.
We then completed a skills audit to identify training needs of the group. There was a good base level of skills in Microsoft suite, a good knowledge of digital rights and some members were interested in research. However, the group wanted to gain confidence in public speaking, graphic design skills and facilitation. These became a focus when offering upskilling sessions. Since the beginning of the project, the group have completed training on research, digital rights, social mediand design skills.
Once the group had completed training on research, we did a scoping exercise to decide how we wanted to gather information from the Care Experienced community about digital wellbeing. They chose to do a survey as it was something they all enjoy doing and felt it would be the most accessible option for people.
Once we established our method, we identified what themes we wanted the survey to focus on through a series of interactive activities. They picked online safety, digital rights, and online relationships.
At the beginning of April, we launched our Digital Wellbeing survey which received 92 responses. From our findings we created a toolkit of resources that includes a report, podcast, reflective videos, blogs, a relationship mapping tool, and a storybook about rights.
The following resources were developed as part of the wider engagement with 154 members. They cover online safety, digital rights and online relationships.
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If you require any of these resources in an alternative format, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read more about the project here and find out how it is part of our wider Annual Participation Programme here.
Look out for relevant Corporate Training events on this topic here.
Thanks to Nominet Social Impact for funding the project and Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh, from the University of Edinburgh, for all her support and guidance.