Digital Citizenship - A Teaching Plan including the 8 Digital Life Skills for Children
This program is discussed in the E-Safety Commission webinar series "Building Digital Intelligence"
Dr Yuhyun Park
World Economic Forum Global Young Leader, Ashoka Fellow, Eisenhower Fellow, recipient of numerous honours, including two awards from UNESCO. Doctorate in Biostatistics, Harvard University.
Mr Davis Vu
Creative Director of DQWorld.net program
Educator and lecturer with an extensive background in animation, storytelling, edutainment design, and product development.
The World Economic Forum has identified DQ as a global standard for Digital Citizenship and is a partner in publishing the Global DQ Index Report.
This webinar is introduced by the Founding Researcher and driver behind the global initiative sponsored by Singtel to raise the Digital Intelligence of 20 million children by 2020 called #DQEveryChild.
Schools are invited to register to participate in this FREE program at www.DQWorld.net .
The program aligns to the National curriculum.
The Creative Director behind the free DQWorld.net will explain the program and ways to implement into your classroom.
The 8 Essential Digital Skills include:
Digital citizen identity
Screen time management
Children are already immersed in the digital world and are influencing what that world will look like tomorrow. It is up to us to ensure that they are equipped with the skills and support to make it a place where they can thrive.
The challenge for educators is to move beyond thinking of IT as a tool, or “IT-enabled education platforms”. Instead, they need to think about how to nurture students’ ability and confidence to excel both online and offline in a world where digital media is ubiquitous.
Like IQ or EQ – which we use to measure someone’s general and emotional intelligence – an individual’s facility and command of digital media is a competence that can be measured. We call it DQ: digital intelligence. And the good news is that DQ is an intelligence that is highly adaptive.
Digital citizenship has often been overlooked by educators and leaders. This is in spite of the fact it is fundamental to a person’s ability to use technology and live in the digital world, a need which arises from a very young age. A child should start learning digital citizenship as early as possible, ideally when one starts actively using games, social media or any digital device.
Educators tend to think children will pick up these skills by themselves or that these skills should be nurtured at home. However, due to the digital generation gap, with generation Z being the first to truly grow up in the era of smartphones and social media, neither parents nor teachers know how to adequately equip children with these skills.
Young children are all too often exposed to cyber risks such as technology addiction, cyberbullying and grooming. They can also absorb toxic behavioural norms that affect their ability to interact with others. And while most children encounter such challenges, the problematic exposure is amplified for vulnerable children, including those with special needs, minorities and the economically disadvantaged. They tend to not only be more frequently exposed to risk, but also face more severe outcomes.
In the research conducted, 8 essential digital skills were identified. FEDD's webinar presents the 8 essential digital skills we should be teaching our children and a plan for teaching them.