Technology makes many things possible.
You can use a phone, tablet, or other connected device to:
get information quickly, talk and share with others,
build and create projects, play games by yourself or with friends,
and watch videos.
But have you ever had a bad experience with technology?
Maybe you were trying to have an important conversation with someone, and they wouldn't
look up from their phone.
Or, you were tired at school after staying up late texting or playing games.
You or someone you know may have been hurt by mean comments or pictures shared on social media or in a group text.
Digital devices are powerful tools for connecting to the world.
But to protect your relationships, your emotional and physical health, and your time,
it’s useful to consider how to balance technology with the rest of your life.
There are times when you should never use technology for your physical safety,
such as while walking or driving.
Often, there is no right or wrong way to use technology.
You also don’t need to figure out how to balance it on your own.
Teachers, parents, coaches, family members, and other adults can help you decide what
healthy technology use is for you, and for themselves.
In these lessons, you will explore how and when you use digital devices to create a healthy
balance between digital and non-digital activities.
You’ll also learn to use digital devices in ways that respect yourself and others.
You can complete all of the lessons in order, or choose the lesson that is most useful for
you or that your teacher assigned.
In lesson one, you will create a journal that logs your digital and non-digital activities
during the week in Google Slides.
In lesson two, you will interview adults about technology use.
Then, you will create a written pledge to help yourself, your friends, and your household
use digital devices in healthy and respectful ways.
In lesson three, you will make a project with your classmates that teaches others about
balancing digital and non-digital activities.
Share the projects you create with the important people in your life so they can be involved
in your digital wellbeing.
They might even learn ways to balance their own technology use.
To work on these lessons, open a new tab in your browser, and sign in to your Google account.
If you do not have a Google account, pause the video and create one now.
Then, select a lesson to work on, or begin the one your teacher assigned.
Now, it’s your turn: Sign in to your Google account.
Choose a lesson to get started.