Dig­i­tal life the fo­cus of talks

Midwest Times - - NEWS -

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.

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