Key Steps for Digital Wellness:
It’s important to protect yourself and your loved ones in our digital world. Digital risks to our mental well-being are real, but there’s a lot you can do to stay healthy.
Seek Professional Help Immediately
It’s important to speak out and seek help right away. If you’ve made a mistake at work, report it immediately. It may feel uncomfortable, but you will need the support of your employer. If you’re trying to recover your personal data, a cybersecurity professional can help. Blackmail, threats of violence or exposing personal information may feel insurmountable, but there are people out there who can help. If you’re experiencing distress, call a crisis line or contact a mental health professional.
According to a 2020 report by the Cyberbullying Research Center, one in five (20.9%) tweens (9 to 12 years old) have been cyberbullied, cyberbullied others, or witnessed cyberbullying. Another sobering statistic reveals that victims under the age of 25 are more than twice as likely to self-harm and enact suicidal behavior. Older adults are also seriously impacted by cyberbullying. Online harassment and reputation attacks can damage careers, destroy professional reputations and break apart families. Suffering in silence will only lead to more suffering. Instead, take the following actions:
- Do not respond to cyberbullying messages
- Keep evidence of cyberbullying. Record dates and times and save and print screenshots, emails, and text messages.
- Block the person who is cyberbullying
- Report cyberbullying to online providers, law enforcement and employers, if it’s happening at work
- Get support from someone you trust or a professional
Strengthen Online Security
Taking steps to protect yourself and preventing cyberattacks is essential to digital wellbeing. Use strong passwords enable multi-factor authentication and regularly update your software.
Cybersecurity training should be mandatory for businesses of all sizes. At home, educate yourself and your family, including elderly parents, on common digital risks. With everyone taking precautions, your home network is better protected.
Take regular breaks from screens and technology to reduce digital stress and fatigue. If you’re at work or working, schedule time away from your device for a short walk or to connect with co-workers.