Virtually Connected, Socially Disconnected

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Virtually Connected, Socially Disconnected

Beara Community School, Cork

Virtually Connected, Socially Disconnected at the Young Social Innovators Ireland Awards in 2019

The Social Issue:

This team of Transition Year students understood the issue of digital addiction.  As part of their project, Virtually Connected, Socially Disconnected, they distributed over 1500 surveys to gather information and insights before creating their solution.

The Idea:

A Digital Detox Week was held in the school, and the team drew up a Digital Wellness Charter for schools and workplaces. The team also developed a pack for parents which includes a digital information booklet, as well as information on various types of digital addictions. The young innovators were also keen to bring their project to primary school children and piloted lesson materials in primary schools. “We wanted people to realise how much time they spend on technology and how different their lives would be if they could take control of their digital use”. In this way they wanted to further UN Sustainable Development Goal 3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages”.

We realise currently there is an absence of digital health promotion in Ireland, we hope our project will help to put the topic out there and get people doing something.”

Virtually Connected, Socially Disconnected Team Member

The Impact:

The Virtually Connected, Socially Disconnected team hope to continue this work by creating a children’s book dealing with the issue of digital addiction.  In recognition of their efforts, they also picked up the bronze award at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Awards, 2019.

Virtually Connected, Socially Disconnected at the Cork Speak Out in 2019
Virtually Connected, Socially Disconnected at the Cork Speak Out in 2019