Jocelyn Brewer

The quest for digital superfoods

Jocelyn Brewer

The quest for digital superfoods

Biography

Jocelyn is a Sydney-based registered psychologist who is fast becoming a leading commentator on issues relating to the way digital technology shapes aspects of society, behaviour and learning. Jocelyn has over 12 years’ experience in NSW public schools as both an accredited teacher and as a school counsellor. She also has experience as an independent theatre producer and in social media strategy.

In her talk, Jocelyn will introduce us to the concept of Digital Nutrition, an award-winning framework for teaching the principles of a healthy, balanced relationship with technology. It borrows from the healthy eating pyramid and food nutrition principles to communicate key concepts around screen-time limits, digital citizenship and impulse control, and evaluates the cognitive benefits of apps and games.

Ultimately Digital Nutrition is about avoiding the trap of ‘internet addiction’ and developing healthy life choices around our consumption of technology-enabled media content.

It is not about a digital ‘diet’ or ‘detox’, but about a positive, long term relationship with cyberspace that allows us to get the best out of technology, while avoiding the pitfalls.

Are there healthy digital options? Are there digital superfoods? Jocelyn believes the answer is yes and is on a quest to find them, starting with 5 weeks research in the US and then home to start her PhD on digital nutrition at University of Sydney.