Digital Detox 2018
Digital Detox is a pilot initiative to reduce the toxicity of our personal digital environments and how we engage with them. By mindfully taking on this detox, you will begin to develop critical habits that will improve your overall well-being and reduce risks to your personal digital data.
About the initiative
We often engage in unhealthy and unsafe digital practices and spaces. Social media and the web present threats to our mental and emotional well-being, and to our privacy and data. In the office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ), we look holistically at "the digital" in our lives and in our educational environments. This means we examine the promises and the risks of how we use digital tools, how those tools impact various facets of our lives and interactions, and the increasingly blurred edges between physical and digital realms.
A digital detox can help all of us to develop more critical, self-protective, and healthy habits in digital spaces. This digital detox will be a little different that the ones you may have seen out there, that generally promote time away from technology to encourage more mindfulness. During DLINQ's detox, yes, we’ll look at mindfulness and healthy habits, but we’ll also show how detoxing means reducing the toxicity of our personal digital environments and of how our personal data are handled by platform providers and others. We’ll take on questions of privacy, security, and other strategies that help keep us safe and healthy in digital spaces.
Do you want to try the 2018 Digital Detox? Below are helpful resources and activities you can do to detoxify your digital life.
Digital Detox Newsletter Signup
Schedule of Digital Detox newsletters that went out in January and February, 2018:
Jan. 10 Mindful social media practices
Jan. 12 Safe(r) social media practices
Jan. 17 Using privacy-oriented web tools
Jan. 19 Better passwords and password management
Jan. 24 Blocking and clearing personal data from brokers
Jan. 26 Email survival strategies and better email services
Jan. 31 Fact checking quickly
Feb. 2 Ongoing reflections and resources
BONUS EDITION: How the loss of net neutrality impacts educators and students