In a few words
Healthy behaviors on the internet are those that promote physical and mental well-being, and protect users from harm. It’s also important to be aware of the potential risks of using the internet, such as cyberbullying, online predators, and misinformation. Be sure to talk to your children about these risks and how to stay safe online.
Let’s dive deeper
The internet has become an essential part of our lives, and it can be used to support healthy behaviors in many ways. For example, people can use the internet to:
- Learn about healthy living: There is a wealth of information available online about healthy eating, exercise, and other lifestyle choices. People can use this information to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.
- Find support for healthy behaviors: There are many online communities and support groups where people can connect with others who are trying to live healthier lives. This support can be invaluable in helping people stay motivated and on track.
- Use online tools and resources to track their progress: There are many online tools and resources that can help people track their progress towards their health goals. For example, people can use online food diaries to track their eating habits, or fitness trackers to track their activity levels.
What you can do to use the Internet in a healthier way is the following:
- Set limits on your screen time. It’s important to take breaks from screens throughout the day, especially before bed. Try to limit your screen time to two hours or less per day.
- Be mindful of what content you consume. Avoid content that is violent, hateful, or triggering. Instead, focus on content that makes you feel good and helps you learn and grow.
- Connect with others in a positive way. Use social media and other online platforms to connect with loved ones and build positive relationships. Avoid engaging in online bullying or harassment.
- Protect your privacy and safety. Be careful about what personal information you share online. Use strong passwords and be mindful of the websites you visit.
Google’s Digital Wellbeing website has a section on healthy internet use, with tips for parents, teens, and adult
Common Sense Media has a lot of resources on internet safety and digital citizenship, including a guide to healthy internet habits