What is Digital Resilience?
Digital resilience is understanding when you may be at risk online, knowing what to do if something goes wrong, learning from your experiences of being online, and being able to recover from any difficulties or upsets.
What is resilience?
Tony Newman, resilience expert and author of the book “What Works in Building Resilience?” defines a resilient child as one who
“can resist adversity, cope with uncertainty and recover more successfully from traumatic events or episodes”
This ability to maintain positive wellbeing is acquired through experience, although there may be some inherited aspects. It is not about invulnerability, more a capacity to cope; continuous and extreme adversity is likely to drain even the most resilient of children.
The online world mirrors the real world, however, there are additional factors when using the internet, and building specific digital resilience is part of helping our children and young people become more resilient in general, to enhance their emotional and physical wellbeing.
How can you build digital resilience?
The following 3 factors will help build resilience in a child or young person:
- Resilience in the child
- Resilience in families
- Resilience in communities
Find out how to help children in the digital world - what to try and what to avoid with our Digital Resilience online course
EduCare can help
Our new online Digital Resilience training course looks at the social aspect of how children and young people use the internet, and the risks attached, as well as looking at the impact of social media on emotional wellbeing.
It also includes strategies to help children and young people navigate the digital world and good practice for schools.