Digital Citizenship Program

Kids and teens today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, young people have extraordinary opportunities, and yet they face enormous potential pitfalls, too. Meanwhile, schools are dealing with the associated ramifications — like cyberbullying, digital cheating, and safety and security concerns. These issues underscore the need for students to learn — and for parents and teachers to teach — Digital Literacy and Citizenship skills.

Our Digital Citizenship Program engages and equips students, teachers, and parent/carers on different levels that are relevant to their role in the shared responsibility we all have for producing responsible digital citizens in the upcoming ‘iGeneration’ of youth. Our program can be customised and tailored to suit the needs of individual schools and community youth groups, with the following components offered:

Netiquette Bootcamp - for students

A 1 day ‘internet etiquette’ program that empowers students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. These 21st-century skills are essential for students to harness the full potential of technology for learning. Discussions and activities in Netiquette Bootcamp instill in students a sense of awareness and agency when navigating the online world, empowering them to do so in a positive, discerning, and respectful way.

1 in 5 young people are bullied online each year, and there has been a significant reported increase in teens taking their lives due to cyberbullying. These online dangers have a profoundly negative impact upon community cohesion and youth mental health and wellbeing, as well as exacerbating social inequalities.

Our Netiquette Bootcamp utilises an effective behavioural intervention model, delivered in a creative and engaging way with interactive activities, to help young people sharpen their online decision-making skills and adopt more positive digital lifestyles, whilst reducing online abuse, bullying, and hate speech.

Beyond cyberbullying and e-safety education, our fun, impactful and high-quality activities educate young people on their digital rights and responsibilities online; equipping and enabling them to become positive Digital Citizens. Netiquette Bootcamp provides students with the right tools to develop positive online behaviours, experiences, and digital communities for the future.

Optional add-on (school-determined):

Students are required to pass a test on the information presented and, after successfully completing the test, students receive a school logo-branded Digital Citizenship license (designed by us). Digital Citizenship licences can be used to help schools reinforce positive digital technology use and values - i.e. students who do not follow school Digital Citizenship rules can have their licenses and digital technologies privileges taken away, at the discretion of teachers.

 

WTF? (What the FAQ?) - for parents/carers and teachers

A 2 hour session specifically for parents and carers of young people, helping them to support and protect their child in this technologically-driven world that’s full of confusing acronyms, hashtags, internet fads, and strange memes! Many parents and carers feel out of touch with the modern cyberworld and what their kids are talking about with their cyber slang (IYKWIM – ‘if you know what I mean’), and what they are doing online, let alone the ramifications of their digital choices and online behaviours. Our WTF? sessions are designed to address all the FAQs that parents and carers have surrounding online safety, popular apps and their pitfalls, social media, cyber-bullying, and the digital footprint of their child.

Additional elements of our WTF? sessions include:

·        Digital etiquette, laws, and security

·        Digital rights and responsibilities

·        Digital health & wellbeing (screen time), and youth mental health

Our WTF? sessions have been developed for all parents and carers out there who have ever been left scratching their head, confused by the rapidly evolving and constantly changing cyberworld that today’s kids are growing up in! For teachers, we can customise a WTF? session to address more specifically the Digital Citizenship issues faced in the 21st century digital classroom.