The DIG Program for digital citizenship is a turnkey, e-learning solution that is easy, efficient and economical for schools to administer.

The Program's goal is to catch teens at the "point-of-click" - when they are about to post online - and insert a habitual pause that makes them ask whether it's a good idea to post and what the ramifications might be for them and others. 

Each segment is full of actionable strategies that students can implement immediately.  The takeaways from the Program help keep students attentive, engaged and learning to improve outcomes and prepare for the next level.

Digital Habits

The DIG Program is an online CRASH course for digital citizenship. 

It provides guidelines for: 

Conduct, Reputation, Authenticity, Safety and Habits

Digital Conduct

Students explore how their online behavior can have a lasting impact on their personal and school lives. Topics covered include cyberbullying, sexting and the importance of reporting threats. The segment promotes good manners, thoughtfulness and empathy in their digital life.

Digital Reputation

Students learn about managing and maintaining their digital footprint through examples and exercises. The segment makes suggestions on how to be smart and safe about the content they post, including using social media to brandish a positive online reputation.

Digital Authenticity

Students learn about the importance of authenticity. This segment stresses being genuine in all of their online activitities and introduces the "3Vs Detector" for checking the validity, veracity and verifiability of people, apps and sites they engage with, including detecting fake news.

Digital Safety

Students review the risks and consequences they face when they are online.  The segment suggests actions  they can take to limit the personal information they share, adjust their privacy settings, be more mindful of what they post, and make their devices and apps more secure.

Students see how near-constant phone and apps usage negatively impacts mental health and well-being through dependency.  The segment uses the Habit Loop to show students how to break bad habits and start new ones for a safe, smart and healthy life - both online and off. 

Digital Habits

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

A district or school can register as many students as they want for the Program under a tiered fee system.  Students work at their own pace to complete the Program or by a deadline set by the teacher administering it.  Teachers do not need to prepare anything: lesson plans and review notes for classroom discussion are provided. 

 

Students receive a certificate upon completion of the Program.  A benchmark DIG Score unique to each student is calculated and given to the student.  Based on their answers to an ongoing questionnaire, their scores are updated. 

 

Students, teachers, administrators and parents can track each student’s progress toward improving their digital citizenship.

WHY THE DIG PROGRAM? 

The DIG Program is the most comprehensive, complete and current fully integrated solution for digital citizenship. You don’t have to cobble the resources together yourself, it’s all here for you.

 

The Program was developed by an educator for educators.