Chatham Hall has partnered with the Social Institute to provide a comprehensive, engaging program of social media education to all students. The partnership came about while the School planned its Living Well health and wellness program which officially kicked off in fall 2020.
“We recognized an ongoing need for social media literacy in our community,” said Marin Miller, dean of students and co-leader of the Living Well program along with Director of Athletics Laura Clay.
“When we heard about the Social Institute’s #WinAtSocial platform, we decided to incorporate the curriculum into our Advisory programming as part of our health and wellness initiative. Every other week students and faculty now have meaningful conversations in small groups that they trust.”
According to the #WinAtSocial website, the program seeks to “empower millions of students to navigate social-emotional health, social media, and technology positively through comprehensive, gamified lessons that meet students on their level. By reinforcing character strengths like empathy, integrity, and teamwork and by showcasing their role models (from student leaders to U.S. Olympians), we help students be their best selves to ‘win at social.’”
Twice a month during Cookie Break, Advisors log on to the #WinAtSocial site and access lessons built around seven standards: Play to Your Core; Protect Your Privacy Like You’re Famous; Strike A Balance; Cyberback; Find Your Influencers; Use Your Mic for Good; and Handle the Pressure.
“With the Social Institute lessons, I have a chance to really be transparent with the questions,” said Lily Shaheen ’23. “And I definitely get a chance to be totally self-aware!”
The Living Well at Chatham Hall program seeks to remind community members of the multi-dimensional nature of their lives and the holistic nature of overall health. Built upon nine dimensions of wellness, the program is intended to grow alongside students as it assists them in learning more about themselves, their communities, and ultimately their world. #WinAtSocial addresses social and emotional wellness at the core of each lesson.
“We hope that both students and faculty will gain a sense of responsibility for and awareness of how we interact with each other online,” said Clay. “And that they keep these things in mind as they use social media and navigate the online landscape. These are social and emotional wellness topics that can really impact everyone.”
An all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives. Our innovative academic program offers Advanced Placement courses, global study and travel, as well as project based learning. Our athletic teams regularly compete at the State level and our exceptional riding program is nationally recognized. We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust. Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.