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.
The DIG Program is an online CRASH course for digital citizenship.
It provides guidelines for:
Conduct, Reputation, Authenticity, Safety and Habits
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.
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.
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.
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.