Digital life the focus of talks
A number of activities about leading a healthy digital life will take place in Carnarvon during Psychology Week.
Psychology Week is an annual Australian Psychological Society initiative that aims to raise public awareness about how psychology can help people.
Running from November 12 -18, this year the week will focus on “thriving in the digital age”.
Seven psychologists and psychology students from Carnarvon Family Support Services, Helping Minds, Centacare and the Department of Education will discuss prevalent issues in the digital age at five sessions.
APS psychologist Theresa Simmonds said as society became more reliant on technology, it was important to lead a healthy digital life.
“Social media has become a really important means of communicating and is basically integral to most of our lives in one form or other,” she said. “However, we have also seen it affect people’s behaviour in some less than positive ways. Disagreeing and name calling have become common online and that behaviour can easily become antisocial, drifting into trolling, stalking or cyberbullying.
“Constant notifications can leave us anxious and distracted.”
The first session for senior citizens on cyber issues took place at the Senior Citizen Hall yesterday.
Today, students at Carnarvon Community College will take part in a series of activities relating to cyber issues.
Tomorrow, community members will be able to attend sessions taking place outside Pharmacy 777 from 9-11.30am.
A question-and-answer forum will also be held on Friday at the Carnarvon Lotteries House, where people can find out more about what is involved in the study of psychology.