Digital wellbeing is about how the internet and technology can make us feel.

This includes recognising the impact being online can have on:

  • Our emotions
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Physical health and wellbeing

Technology and the internet should be there to enhance and simplify our lives rather than be a cause of distraction, worry or upset. However, not all online experiences are positive for young people, and this can have a negative impact on how they feel about themselves, their friendships and relationships and even how they see the wider world.

What impacts digital wellbeing?

Any negative online experience could impact a young person’s digital wellbeing, but there are some issues that young people tell us are more likely to shape how going online makes them feel.

  • Digital drama
  • Desire to 'fit in'
  • Distressing content
  • Screen time and healthy balance

For more information and top tips visit the childnet website.