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Information Ethics & Digital Wellness Toolkit

Digital wellness refers to the notion of “being well in a digital society”. This is a very important consideration especially nowadays due to the prevalence of ICTs. Since ICTs permeate all sectors of society, a more user-friendly term was developed – Digital Wellness. Digital Wellness is characterized by the ability of the user to discern between the dangers and opportunities found in cyberspace, act responsibly, and align his/her online behavior with their offline values. It is wrong to assume that being digitally well is only applicable to adults who have extensive access to mobile devices and computers. Rather, this is of even more importance to children and young adults who are growing up using these devices either at home or at school or both.

Following this need, nine books were developed by the ACEIE and the Information Science Department, in 2015 and 2016, in partnership with, inter alia, Intel Education, the UNESCO Information for All Programme (IFAP), the South African Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and Department of Basic Education (DBE), addressing issues pertaining to Digital Wellness. The Digital Wellness Toolkit offers an easy-to-use format (printed and electronic books) and illustrative means to convey key concerns.

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Naailah Parbhoo is a full-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria, Department of Information Science. She lectures various modules varying from first year- Introduction to Information Communication Technologies, second year- Social and ethical impacts- information ethics, third year- competitive intelligence and honours- Organisation, retrieval and seeking of information. From 2014, she was the junior research officer for the African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics that is based in the Department of Information Science. In 2017, she became the office manager where she coordinated digital wellness workshops at National Health Insurance sites with the South African Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services. As for 2020, she became the ACEIE convenor. She is also a member of the following: Gold Key, ASIS&T, ASIS&T African Chapter, SIG-III and LIASA.

She holds various qualifications including a Bachelor’s and Honours Degree in Information Science as well as a Masters in Information Technology (specializing in Library and Information Science). She is currently studying a PhD in Information Science titled “How can an understanding of the information behaviour of cold case investigators inform the design of systems supporting their information needs and information behaviour?”. Her research interests include: information behaviour, information retrieval, cold case investigations, information ethics, digital wellness and competitive intelligence.

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