The CyberIntern Program is part of a grant-funded research project through the University of Detroit Mercy department of Social Work. This year-long project will feature a virtual after-school program with Old Redford Academy High School. Data gathered from this Project will be published and disseminated; the names of program participants will remain private. Research will focus on high school aged students, health/wellness, and encouraging responsible use of technology/social media.
Cyber Intern Research topics
The virtual after school program and CyberIntern use this app to keep track of a goal they set for themselves at the beginning of the week. This app helps us keep track of what we eat daily and it lets us know if we are eating too much or too little. For example, if we need more protein it will show us how much more protein we need. This app also keeps track of your water intake as well as how much exercise one has done each day. This is a great way to stay healthy and fit!
The irrational fear of being without your mobile phone or being unable to use your phone for some reason, such as the absence of a signal or running out of minutes or battery power. Below is a link to the nomophobia quiz to learn more about yourself and how close you are to your phone.
Public Service Announcement (PSA):
"Tickets for a Cause" will be going on for a week in November. Tickets for a Cause is an event to reduce the incidence of fighting and encourage responsible behavior. The students in the virtual after school program and the CyberIntern will set up a table in the hallway where people can get raffle tickets. No purchase required, but students will have to sign a poster board stating that they will not fight on school grounds. If a student has trouble for any reason they will be removed from the drawing. Each student that signs the poster will be entered in a drawing to win a prize. The poster will state that the following students will not fight and the poster will be posted in the school where everyone can see it. This event will help us increase civility and responsible behavior. The virtual after school program will create a video recording to inform the entire school about this event.
This project went really well and was a major hit. The students and CyberIntern received multiple signatures. This week their was few arguments and NO fighting at all. We reached out goal, now we are wondering how we can keep the fighting to a minimum.
"Digital Dementia is a term coined by neuroscientist Manfred Spitzer to describe an overuse of digital technology resulting in the breakdown of cognitive abilities. Spitzer proposes that short-term memory pathways will start to deteriorate from under use if we overuse technology. Although, in this blog, we have recently explored outsourcing your memory to smartphones, these two concepts are different—the mental disarray within the brain implied by the term ‘dementia’ is far more basic and complete. An under-practiced memory process is far from being comparable to the wider cognitive devastation that is dementia." During the virtual after school program we discussed the importance of reading, it was mentioned that reading from a book is much harder than reading online. With this information, the students and I came to conclusion that some individuals may have memory issues related to reading. The reason why they might have these issues is because they are used to reading from a device.
Small talk is a form of communication that some students feel uncomfortable doing. The CyberIntern asked questions to participants in the virtual after school program, a conclusion was made that students struggle with making small talk. The reason for this is because they rely on technology in awkward situations. Below are a few links that include steps and strategies on small talk that we found during out program.
We started this section with a selfie quiz that focused on mental wellness. Below is the link:
The website below shows negative effects on social media. There are facts and data behind the use of Facebook and twitter. The web page has multiple images and data to match, this makes it easier for students to visually comprehend. The website includes valuable information on narcissism.
Our topic on the U.S. blackout:
There were people discussing the world wide blackout that was supposed to happen November. 4th. The students heard about this issue in school and instantly wanted to know more. The students mentioned that they over heard their classmates talking about how upset they were about the blackout. The fact that students were not going to have WiFi or be able to use any form of technology was devastating to them. After doing this research we all knew that some generations have some sort of phone addiction and they are very dependent on technology. Without WiFi students cannot do their homework, play video games, go on social media, or have a social life in general through technology. There are some students who are worried about their electronics and whether or not they would get to talk to their friends. While other students are not so worried about the social media side and more worried about the housing side, such as whether or not they will have heat and light. Doing this type of research helped us see how dependent some individuals are on the use of technology. This research showed us how some individuals could care less about technology and care more about their housing situation and making sure everyone is living comfortably. We came to a conclusion that the whole idea of a blackout was most likely just a rumor.
Photo Taking Disorder:
This disorder is not only an addiction to selfies, but an addiction to taking any photos in general. The virtual after school program and CyberIntern found an outstanding article. This article starts out with scenarios to help people see if they can relate and understand a photo taking disorder. This article was written by Darlene Hildebrandt. This women has this type of disorder and can relate to others. Each scenario she gave has happened to her and in this article she explained each scenario and how it happened to her. She had amazing pictures to go along with her stories. This website gives people information on how to take better pictures and how to get involved with photo tours. Darlene works for a digital photography school. The link below is the article we looked over and would like to share.
Digital Mental Health Workshop
Here the CyberIntern spoke about the virtual after school program. She mentioned the program itself and the positives and negatives with using technology. One positive aspect about the program is that it fits into her schedule. Being a full time student athlete the CyberIntern has to find time for everything she does. With the virtual after school program being online she can come straight from practice or class and open the laptop to an online group chat instantly. One negative aspect is the connection. No matter what the location the WiFi seems to be weak. This makes it hard to understand and communicate with the group. To the right is a picture from the Digital Dementia workshop.
Top 15 Healthy Foods:
14 Healthiest Vegetables:
Top 10 foods highest in calories:
Besides the top ten foods highest in calories - this website includes a printable sheet of the top 10 foods, along with tips for gaining weight.
The CyberIntern facilitates breathing techniques with the virtual after school program. This helps the students to focus and learn how to control their breathing. The CyberIntern starts by making sure they are sitting up straight, with both feet flat on the ground. Next the students will take three deep breathes in and then exhale slowly.
TalkSpace is a website that includes online therapy for all ages. With Talkspace online therapy, anyone can get therapy without traveling to an office. Talkspace is affordable and significantly cheaper than traditional therapy. You will not have to wait days or weeks until your next appointment. With Talkspace, you can send your therapist a message whenever you’re near a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Your conversation carries over seamlessly across devices and uses banking-grade encryption to keep it safe and confidential. Below is the link to Talkspace!
When talking about ethical dilemmas the virtual after school program and CyberIntern reviewed Donald Trumps tweets and discussed how they deal with ethics and ethical dilemmas. Below is a link to the tweets.
Detroit Mercy Social Work student pilots Virtual After School Program at area high school:
Below is a link that was published by Dave Pemberton, on the Detroit Mercy school web page. This article was published to inform other individuals about the virtual after school program. This article could potentially help other schools with developing a similar program.