HBOW 2021

Healthy Behaviours in an Online World 2021 begins on April 6!

This year’s conference will occur entirely online through pre-recorded presentations and live Q&A sessions led by student researchers at Huron University College.

Registration opens via the TVDSB Employee Portal on March 17. Registered teachers will receive a password for the video presentations on this page and a link to the live Teams Q&As. Video presentations will be available on this page by April 6, and live Q&As will be hosted via Teams the mornings of April 8 and 9.

Check out the topics and register below. We look forward to seeing you!

Making the Most of
Your Social Media Use:
Shifting from Negative to Positive Social Engagement

 Basi, J., Ens, N., Fishback, K., Glover, C.
& Hallman, P.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of our in-person interaction with others has been limited, making adolescents further reliant on technology for education, leisure, and communication outside their households. Problematic internet usage has been linked to many negative outcomes, making it imperative that adolescents understand how social media can be used positively and negatively in order to decrease detrimental effects. In this presentation, we will be discussing the research on the topic of social media usage and mental health as well as providing strategies to protect your mental health and better your social media and internet behaviors.

Live Q&A:
Thursday, April 8th, 10:30AM-11:15AM

Cyberbullying:
Causes, Effects, and Solutions

Anderson, E., Arnot, A., Remillard, H.,
Walters, J., & Williams, A.

In this presentation, we will focus on how to recognize cyberbullying, what to do if it happens to you or a friend, and why people become perpetrators. We also will explore the mental health implications that victims may face due to cyberbullying. Finally, we will provide resources that adolescents can connect to for support.

Live Q&A:
Thursday, April 8, 10:30-11:15AM

Netflix & Chill:
Relationships Across a Screen

Anderson, C., Connor, A., Lamb, K.,
& Stewart, S.

Relationships can be hard to navigate, especially when communicating online. In this talk, we will address how to establish and maintain healthy relationships on and off-screen. There are many benefits of online dating that are often overlooked. While discussing them, we will also address common apps used to connect with partners and friends. It is important to keep in mind that dating doesn’t look the same for everyone, so we will be highlighting strategies and tools to apply to your own personal relationships.

Live Q&A:
Friday, April 9th, 10:30AM-11:15AM

Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Authenticity and Social Comparison on Social Media

Cheng, C., Jamieson, J., Kalyankumar, V., Smit, L & Want, C.

Social media can have both positive and negative impacts, depending on how and why one chooses to use it. Although many social media influencers claim they present themselves authentically, to what extent is this true? Influencers’ and other social media users’ content can play a major role in how we view ourselves and can leads to social comparison, which can have negative effects. In this presentation, we will talk about authenticity and social comparison on social media and also discuss some negative consequences that stem from social comparison

Live Q&A:
Friday, April 9th, 11:15AM-12:00PM