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A podcast dedicated to all things internet culture and wellbeing! Your host is Cassie Widders, an ex-social media strategist turned certified digital wellbeing consultant, coach and speaker. She's on a mission to help individuals and organizations navigate the digital landscape, improve your overall wellbeing, and equip you with the tools necessary to thrive in a tech-driven future.

The Digital Wellness Podcast Cassie Widders

    • Society & Culture

A podcast dedicated to all things internet culture and wellbeing! Your host is Cassie Widders, an ex-social media strategist turned certified digital wellbeing consultant, coach and speaker. She's on a mission to help individuals and organizations navigate the digital landscape, improve your overall wellbeing, and equip you with the tools necessary to thrive in a tech-driven future.

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    In this episode, I share what on earth has been going on these past few months, the future of this podcast, and information about my upcoming maternity leave! 

    I hope you’ve enjoyed the podcast as much as I have enjoyed creating it, thank you wholeheartedly to everyone who ever downloaded an episode, left a review, joined me as a guest, shared it, or subscribed, it means so much to have your support. 

    And thank you for understanding the challenges I’ve faced the past few months, and what needs to happen as I begin my journey as a mother as well as a business owner!

    Until next year xx

    Pregnancy sickness support: https://www.instagram.com/pregnancysicknesssupport/ 

    ABOUT CASSIE

    Cassie is an ex-social media strategist turned certified digital wellbeing consultant, coach and speaker. She's on a mission to help individuals and organizations navigate the digital landscape, improve your overall wellbeing, and equip you with the tools necessary to thrive in a tech-driven future.

    Learn more about Cassie: https://cassiewidders.co.uk/
    Connect with Cassie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassie-widders/
    Follow Cassie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cassie_widders/

    • 9 min
    #60 Parenting in the Digital Age with Luna El Khaldy

    #60 Parenting in the Digital Age with Luna El Khaldy

    I had the pleasure of chatting with  Luna of Undistracted Parenting, an expert in the digital wellbeing space for parents! 
    We had a fantastic conversation all about parenting in the digital age, discussing:
    Luna's background and how she found herself being passionate about this topicWhy parenting is more challenging in the digital age, with examples of the challenges parents are facing with their kids online lives todayAnd crucially, how they can overcome these challengesLuna shares her advice for first-time parents and those already parenting pre-teens and teens when it comes to digital devices
    And yes, I do randomly talk about Love Island in this episode! 

    I hope you enjoy the chat, and do share the episode on social media if you feel it'll be of value to others!

    ABOUT LUNA

    Luna is the co-founder and co-host of the Middle East’s leading Arabic parenting podcast, Mishbilshibshib. Through the podcast, Luna and her cohost discuss the latest research on the psychology of parenting with the aim of raising awareness on positive, conscious, and peaceful parenting. With most parenting information available globally being in English, she strives to shed light on this knowledge in Arabic and through the lens of an Arab sociocultural perspective.
     
    Luna obtained her Master of Science in Psychology, with a focus on Cyberpsychology in 2022. Her thesis, titled Digitally parenting preteens in the UAE: A cross-cultural qualitative study, explored the gaps in research surrounding digital parenting in the Middle East, uncovered new findings, and proposed future research recommendations. The findings of her study can inform policymakers, psychologists, educators, and coaches in creating the much-needed support systems for digital parents.

    Luna is also a certified digital wellbeing coach (ICF-approved Consciously Digital program), and a Transformational Parenting Coach (Jai Institute). With training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Luna works with parents and adolescents to help them find balance in their tech-saturated lives by seeking digital wellbeing. She strives to provide parents with supportive strategies to help them digitally parent their children in the modern era. Her passion for the topic stems from her learnings with her own two adolescent children.
     
    Luna will be launching a new initiative named Undistracted Parenting in October 2023, where she will focus on the challenges parents face, and will provide a platform to present research on the topic to parents, policymakers, and changemakers to raise a new generation of mindful digital citizens.

    Follow Luna on Instagram: @undistractedparenting https://www.instagram.com/undistractedparenting/ 

    And watch this space for the launch of her website and podcast! 

    ABOUT CASSIE

    Cassie is an ex-social media strategist turned certified digital wellbeing consultant, coach and speaker. She's on a mission to help individuals and organizations navigate the digital landscape, improve your overall wellbeing, and equip you with the tools necessary to thrive in a tech-driven future.

    Learn more about Cassie: https://cassiewidders.co.uk/
    Connect with Cassie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassie-widders/
    Follow Cassie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cassie_widders/

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #59 I am officially certified!

    #59 I am officially certified!

    It’s been a long road! Nearly nine months of intense study, of which I’ve brought you along with me on the journey here on the podcast, sharing snippets of what we’ve been covering and what I’ve learned. 

    And now, I have officially graduated as a certified Digital Wellbeing Coach with Consciously Digital!

    It was so rewarding and so immersive, I’ve learned so much about the field of digital wellbeing and the latest research that’s out there. I’m so proud to have completed it!

    But, we have one final recap to do before this 5 part series of me becoming a digital wellbeing coach comes to an end!

    In this episode, I’ll be recapping some things I’ve learnt on the topic of:
    Social media, linking, ranking and mental healthOnline and offline behaviour - data collection and algorithmsRegulation and right to disconnectTech for good and sustainability of digital habitsThank you for following along on the journey!

    I’m still always here to answer any questions you have about the programme, which I took with Consciously Digital, I've linked their site in the show notes below if you want to check them out.

    I hope you enjoy this episode!

    To learn more about the programme I was on, click here: https://www.consciously-digital.com/coaches

    Becoming a Digital Wellness Coach | Part 1: https://cassiewidders.co.uk/becoming-a-digital-wellness-coach-part-1/

    Becoming a Digital Wellness Coach | Part 2: https://cassiewidders.co.uk/becoming-a-digital-wellness-coach-part-2/

    Becoming a Digital Wellness Coach | Part 3: https://cassiewidders.co.uk/becoming-a-digital-wellness-coach-part-3/ 

    Becoming a Digital Wellness Coach | Part 4: https://cassiewidders.co.uk/becoming-a-digital-wellness-coach-part-4/ 

    ABOUT CASSIE

    Cassie is an ex-social media strategist turned certified digital wellbeing consultant, coach and speaker. She's on a mission to help individuals and organizations navigate the digital landscape, improve your overall wellbeing, and equip you with the tools necessary to thrive in a tech-driven future.

    Learn more about Cassie: https://cassiewidders.co.uk/
    Connect with Cassie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassie-widders/
    Follow Cassie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cassie_widders/

    • 24 min
    #58 Becoming a Digital Wellness Coach | My course experience so far | Part 4

    #58 Becoming a Digital Wellness Coach | My course experience so far | Part 4

    Part 4 of my journey to become a digital wellness coach where I've been immersing myself in the very exciting field of digital wellbeing! 

    This little episode is to keep you up to date with what I've learned so far and share some of the most interesting bits with you. 

    This is part four, and today I'm discussing:
    Memory and how we learnCreativity and boredomChildren’s Development and Parenting in the digital ageI hope you enjoy this behind-the-scenes episode! 

    To learn more about the course I took, click here: https://www.consciously-digital.com/coaches

    Arcadia Kim episode: Can Screentime Be Good For Families?: https://cassiewidders.co.uk/can-screen-time-be-good-for-families/

    Becoming a Digital Wellness Coach | Part 1: https://cassiewidders.co.uk/becoming-a-digital-wellness-coach-part-1/

    Becoming a Digital Wellness Coach | Part 2: https://cassiewidders.co.uk/becoming-a-digital-wellness-coach-part-2/

    Becoming a Digital Wellness Coach | Part 3: https://cassiewidders.co.uk/becoming-a-digital-wellness-coach-part-3/  

    ABOUT CASSIE

    Cassie is an ex-social media strategist turned certified digital wellbeing consultant, coach and speaker. She's on a mission to help individuals and organizations navigate the digital landscape, improve your overall wellbeing, and equip you with the tools necessary to thrive in a tech-driven future.

    Learn more about Cassie: https://cassiewidders.co.uk/
    Connect with Cassie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassie-widders/
    Follow Cassie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cassie_widders/

    • 32 min
    #57 Ethics and AI with Olivia Gambelin

    #57 Ethics and AI with Olivia Gambelin

    I had the privilege of speaking to TEDx Speaker and AI Ethicist Olivia Gambelin, who specializes in the practical application of ethics to technological innovation, and is the founder of Ethical Intelligence. 

    We had such a wonderful conversation about ethics and AI, I hope you enjoy this episode!

    We chat about:
    Olivia's background and how she found herself where she is today. Her company, Ethical Intelligence, and what her day-to-day looks like.Olivia has this great quote on her website - “good technology does not take advantage of our human nature, it’s tech that helps us embrace the nature of being human", here she explains more about that.How we ensure ethics is at the heart of the tech, and whose responsibility that falls on.Olivia discusses how her biggest fear of generative AI is that we will never see the full potential of the good we can do with it, simply because we have become too afraid of our own creation. But she also shares what she's optimistic about for the future of AI, and how we should be optimistic too. And finally, Olivia shares why it's so important to create the technology of the future with ethics at the heart of it.
    Find out more about Olivia here: https://www.oliviagambelin.com/
    Ethical Intelligence: https://www.ethicalintelligence.co/
    The Equation: https://www.ethicalintelligence.co/equation
    Follow Olivia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/oliviagambelin
    Connect with Olivia on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliviagambelin/ 

    ABOUT CASSIE

    Cassie is an ex-social media strategist turned certified digital wellbeing consultant, coach and speaker. She's on a mission to help individuals and organizations navigate the digital landscape, improve your overall wellbeing, and equip you with the tools necessary to thrive in a tech-driven future.

    Learn more about Cassie: https://cassiewidders.co.uk/
    Connect with Cassie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassie-widders/
    Follow Cassie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cassie_widders/

    • 47 min
    #56 Teens, Social Skills, and Success in a Digital Age with Kirt Manecke

    #56 Teens, Social Skills, and Success in a Digital Age with Kirt Manecke

    Today I am joined by the wonderful Kirt Manecke, author of the award-winning book, audiobook, and online course, Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World, and the Parent’s Guide for Smile & Succeed for Teens. 
    We're talking all about Teens, Social Skills, and Success in a Digital Age!

    We chat about:
    Kirt's journey and how he found himself working with teenagers, helping them achieve success in the worldWhat success actually means today for young people, and the shift he's seen over the yearsWhy social skills so important in today's worldThe biggest barrier Kirt sees to the social success of teens todayHow their digital lives affect their social skills What teens can do to improve their social skills and see success, and what adults can do to help themKirt discusses the cultural shifts he's seeing in young people and in the digital age that has him particularly concerned for the futureAnd finally, a message on the importance of preparing teens for success in life, especially in the ever-accelerating digital ageI hope you enjoy this podcast episode as much as I did!

    ABOUT KIRT

    Kirt Manecke is the author of the award-winning book, audiobook and online course, Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World, and the Parent’s Guide for Smile & Succeed for Teens.

    Winner of the Mom’s Choice Gold Award and Teachers’ Choice Award, Smile & Succeed for Teens is a crash course in social and career skills to help teens and young adults succeed in school, work and life.

    For those in the UK, Kirt’s books are available on Amazon UK and his online course and pdf downloads are available on his website at www.SmiletheBook.com. 
    Here is a free page of social skills and communication tips that includes cell phone etiquette for teens and young adults: www.smilethebook.com/free/

    Check out his website: www.smilethebook.com
    Smile & Succeed for Teens is available on Amazon UK at www.amazon.co.uk/Smile-Succeed-Teens-World-Face/dp/0985076216 
    Connect with Kirt on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kirtmanecke/
    Connect with Kirt on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SmileandSucceedforTeens
    Follow on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/SolidPressBooks
    Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/smilethebook/ 

    ABOUT CASSIE

    Cassie is an ex-social media strategist turned certified digital wellbeing consultant, coach and speaker. She's on a mission to help individuals and organizations navigate the digital landscape, improve your overall wellbeing, and equip you with the tools necessary to thrive in a tech-driven future.

    Learn more about Cassie: https://cassiewidders.co.uk/
    Connect with Cassie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassie-widders/
    Follow Cassie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cassie_widders/

    • 49 min

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