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      A School Survey on Use and Knowledge of Apps and Websites for Promoting Mental Wellbeing

      Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)
      Human Computer Interaction Conference
      4 - 6 July 2018
      Mental health, mental wellbeing, young people, digital technology, survey


            Mental wellbeing is the combination of feeling good and functioning well. Digital technology widens the opportunities for promoting mental wellbeing, particularly among those young people for whom technology is an ordinary part of life. This paper presents the findings of a school survey on apps and websites that have a primary purpose of promoting mental wellbeing, involving 308 young people (12–16 years) and 86 staff from seven schools across a region of Scotland, UK. Nearly half of the young respondents displayed a lack of understanding of mental wellbeing or misunderstood mental wellbeing as mental health problems, and a very few reported using an app or website with a primary purpose of promoting mental wellbeing. The main contribution to HCI is identifying a problem area in need of further exploration: how to improve the use and knowledge of good quality apps and websites for promoting mental wellbeing among young people aged 12–18 years.


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            July 2018
            July 2018
            : 1-5
            [0001]The Glasgow School of Art

            Moray, UK
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            Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
            Belfast, UK
            4 - 6 July 2018
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction Conference

            1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development

            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/HCI2018.107
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Mental health,digital technology,mental wellbeing,survey,young people


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