Well I am long overdue to provide an update on my Major Project! The good news is I was quite busy over the February break and before working on it, just no updates. As stated in earlier posts my idea was to really promote healthy digital well-being and awareness. In the initial stages I discussed the idea with staff at my school, select students, family, friends and had great comments from classmates on previous posts. Slowly the idea developed that I would like to inspire people to be their best on and offline selves using social media. I did a few hours of research about social activism, influencers and social media posting in general. I then started an Instagram page @ins.peer.ation and a TikTok channel under the same name, with a few posts spilling on to Facebook (as Instagram was automatically posting there as well, unbeknownst to me). If you are reading this I would love more followers, traffic and commentors to the project so please consider doing so!
To date I have four Instagram posts and three TikTok videos (which I also placed on Instagram). It was really a significant amount more work then I imagined researching the project, starting accounts and developing the content. Between coming up with ideas, taking photographs and videos, editting, creating infographics, and keeping up with comments it was and will be surprisingly time consuming. I used my pets for some posts, to have fun with the ideas and this turned out great but involved a shocking amount of set up and photography. I also got some great commentors on Facebook and one friend who wants to use the infographics in her school to create awareness! At this point my goal is to have about 7 to 10 posts on each platform, with different awareness and inspiration behind each post. I have confronted the idea getting outside and away from screens daily, how screen time adds up over long periods and influences who you are as a person, how sleeping with a phone nearby can really disrupt your mental health and sleep, how some apps (social media) often make us less happy and others are neutral or can benefit our learning or efficiency (tools, reading, podcasts etc.).
I would love to hear more ideas from classmates about concepts you think are important around digital well-being and I will do my best to make some of these into Instagram or TikTok posts (or both). Thanks for reading and look forward to your major project updates!