Cyber Wellness is one of the most important things to consider when it comes to online schooling. At Wingy Academy, we pride ourselves on protecting our learners in the cyber world.

The internet is a vast and expansive space. It allows us to connect, create and become whoever we want to be. It provides unlimited opportunities and freedom one can only imagine.

However, within all the space and freedom, there is also danger. This danger could include people with malicious intentions, scams, cyber bashing and even bullies. For this reason, the concept of Cyber Wellness has become an imperative part of our Wingu vocabulary.

What is Cyber Wellness?

Cyber Wellness refers to an individual’s feelings of safety and positivity regarding online spaces. It also refers to one’s capacity to be able to protect themselves and others, from internet dangers.

Concerns about the effects of cyberbullying and social media safety emphasise the importance of teaching cyber wellness to learners.

Cyber Wellness Tips

While there is a wide range of cyber wellness tips, tricks and rules that Wingu learners and internet users everywhere should follow; the way individuals engage with others on the internet is constantly changing!

Despite this, there are a few online safety tips that will help students stay safe online.

Set Cyber Boundaries

One of the ways we can promote wellness one is by helping learners strengthen and enforce their boundaries. A boundary is basically the rule that you set, about how others are allowed to treat you.

A learner with strong boundaries can easily identify when behaviour is inappropriate and put a stop to it immediately.

Teach Cyber Resilience

Another way to teach learners how to protect themselves, is by helping them foster resilience. Resilience is simply the ability to bounce back, after experiencing something unfavourable or unkind.

Due to the freedom the internet allows, it is almost inevitable that children will be exposed to harmful images, language, opinions, internet trolls and people who want to break their confidence. Resilience will allow them to stand up again, after being knocked down by other people’s irresponsible use of online spaces.

Promote Responsible Online Behaviour

Lastly, we can promote Cyber Wellness by teaching learners how to be responsible online. If we want to experience positive internet spaces, we need to be an injection of positivity every time we enter an online space.

This means that we are always respectful, do not judge and always treat others the way we want to be treated.

Other Cyber Safety Tips

Of course, the general tips and tricks such as don’t talk to strangers, don’t share your password, don’t engage with bullies etc, are still important! We just want to offer learners more than the standard procedure for Cyber Wellness.

Therefore, Wingu Wellness (a key component of The Wingu Way) has developed a three-session Cyber Wellness Course for our Wingulians. The sessions focus on the three topics namely; boundaries, resilience and promoting overall cyber wellness.

The course also includes tips and tricks, as well as an in-depth look into what learners can do if they are being cyber-bullied.

If you have any questions about cyber wellness or the course, please don’t hesitate to contact wellness@wingu-academy.com.

As one of South Africa’s best-rated providers for online schooling from home, we pride ourselves in protecting and equipping our learners to be cyber safe.

Why is Cyber Wellness Important?

“Think about it; one of the main rules of using the internet when I was a child was don’t talk to strangers! However, young people these days, meet most of their friends through social media or gaming platforms. Therefore, just providing learners with a standard, one-size fits all set of rules, is ineffective. We need to teach learners more than how to follow rules. We need to teach them to think on their feet in order to protect and promote their Cyber Wellness,” says Jenna Chetty from the Wingu Wellness Hub.

The concepts of Cyber Wellness and Cyber Safety are evolving and ever-changing. So, don’t feel discouraged if you don’t have all the answers. The most important thing is to be there for your child and keep the communication channels open.

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The British International Curriculum emphasizes flexibility, critical thinking, and a global perspective, offering various pathways like the IGCSE and A-levels. In contrast, the South African CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement) is more prescriptive, focusing on a standardized approach with a strong emphasis on local context and practical skills development.

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The British International Lower Secondary program initiates an engaging educational path for learners. it lays a solid groundwork for students in the senior phase of their education, preparing them for the subsequent iGCSE level.
 

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The British International GCSE program propels learners forward on an engaging educational path. it lays a solid groundwork for students progressing to advanced international levels.

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Wingu Academy's Hybrid Schooling Option

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