Digital Citizenship Summit 2017 Summary and Links to Proceedings

The 3rd annual/2017 Digital Citizenship Summit brought people from Utah and from several different states and countries. This Summit is part of a growing collaborative effort to help adults and youth alike create more deliberateness around the use of technology.

DigCitSummits were held in Nigeria and Mexico earlier in 2017. January 2018 brought a Summit in Spain and more Summits are planned for Australia, the UK, Ghana, and Canada.

You can find artifacts from each element of the Summit below.

Many thanks to our 2017 DigCitSummit sponsors who made this event possible:

  • The Victoria Wheatley Schmidt Charitable Fund
  • The Benjamin Foundation
  • Zion’s Bank
  • Impero Software
  • Google Fiber
  • BrainPOP
  • Social Assurity
  • Utah Coalition of Educational Technology

The two-day event, held on November 2-3, 2017, was focused on expanding conversations around Digital Citizenship. Teachers, parents, youth, and professionals from multiple sectors (e.g., education, business, government, non-profit, health, etc.) gathered to talk about how adults and kids can work together toward more deliberate and positive technology use (#UseTech4Good).

The 2017 DigCitSummit was different from a typical conference. Much of the Summit encouraged creative, collaborative, roundtable discussions. (See outputs of roundtable and group discussions here.) Expert perspectives from outside the Digital Citizenship sphere (prevention science, business, and network weaving) were also invited to engage participants with the intent to expand conversations and brainstorming around building a collaborative Positive Digital Citizenship movement. Several free community events were also held as part of the Summit, including the #UseTech4Good Youth Extravaganza. We wanted youth to play a significant role in the Summit, and the Extravaganza was one key way they participated. We also had about a dozen youth attend the two-day Summit and participate in the roundtable discussions and two of the panels.

The Summit was planned with the four values of a #UseTech4Good/ Positive Digital Citizenship Movement in mind. These values which were created in collaboration with Marialice Curran, co-founder of the DigCitSummit.

  1. Kids Count: Continuously learning, side by side: Youth often have tech savvy that adults do not. And adults have life experience that youth do not. (See Devorah Heitner’s TED talk, “The Challenge of Raising a Digital Native.”) It’s only in working together that kids and adults can truly leverage the power to #UseTech4Good. Also, living in a digital world means we never stop needing to learn and adapt! We can learn together side-by-side with each other, across generations. #NotAboutThemWithoutThem
  2. The heART of Being Human: We are more alike than different: Empathy and respect for our shared humanity is essential to good living and citizenship, both on- and off-line. When we focus on using tech for good, we focus more on what can unite us, on what we have in common, not on creating and contributing to more divides. This starts in our closest personal relationships and moves outwards in local, global, and digital spheres.
  3. Ripples of Good: Influencers of Change in Our Spheres: We each can have an impact in our personal spheres of influence. Technology can expand our individual reach and impact. We should never forget that each of us can have an irreplaceable influence and create our own #RipplesOfGood
  4. Better Together: A “We not Me” Mindset: As we each work in our individual spheres and find ways to connect our efforts through cross-sector and cross-generational communication, collaboration, and community-building, together we can create a more Positive Digital Citizenship culture, even a Movement!

Following are links to proceedings from the Summit. See also posts about each session to learn more about why we chose the topics and presenters/speakers for each session.

Links to Summit proceedings and artifacts:


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Digital Citizenship Summit 2017, Session 1: What is Digital Citizenship? Why does it matter?

Session 1: What is Digital Citizenship? Why does it matter? 

After the kickoff from Marialice Curran and Mike Ribble (pioneers in the Digital Citizenship sphere), we launched right into the first session of the Summit.

The topic of this session was “What is Digital Citizenship? Why does it matter?” Digital Citizenship is a concept understood by many in the education sector, but often people outside that sector don’t know what Digital Citizenship is. We wanted to start the Summit expanding to add perspectives of people from other sectors (e.g., nonprofit, business, government, STEM, etc.) and include youth and parent perspectives as well. The hope is to invite people from other sectors to join the education sector to help expand conversations and impact culture around issues related to kids and technology.

Participants on this panel included the following. (We’ve included a brief explanation as to why each was asked to be on the panel._

  • Dani Sloan, president of the Utah Coalition of Education Technology (UCET) and a trainer in the Utah Education Network. She was invited to help represent an education sector perspective, and also was invited because she and her colleagues at UCET understand the importance of collaborating with others.
  • Kemi Olurinola (who came all the way from Nigeria for the Summit!) also represented the education sector and was invited to bring an international perspective and voice to the panel.
  • Carrie Rogers-Whitehead interfaces a lot with the STEM world in Utah and does research about Digital Citizenship. She was invited to talk to why tech companies and those who care about STEM should also care about Digital Citizenship.
  • Becca Linford is a high school student (one of the two students on this panel) who was one of the youth involved in helping plan the Summit.
  • Mark Babbitt (from Colorado) was on the panel to represent the business sector and also to speak to civic and other influencers and why they should care about Digital Citizenship.
  • Curran Dee is an elementary student who, working alongside his mom (Marialice Curran), has a lot of life experience with using technology to build connections across the world.
  • Jeremy Bond came from New York ready to talk about why and how parents can be more deliberate about their use of technology, and why they should care about Digital Citizenship.
  • Dina Alexander is a nonprofit founder from Texas who has caught the vision of why Digital Citizenship matters; she’s really taking the Positive Digital Citizenship vision and running with it in her nonprofit work.
  • Adam Moore is a therapist who is seeing the impacts in the lives of adults with negative problems of technology (specifically pornography) and he came to the panel as someone who knows that there is more to digital health than preventing the bad. He sees Digital Citizenship as a way to expand such conversations.
  • Keven Stratton is the legislator in Utah who sponsored HB213, the first Digital Citizenship bill in the United States. He values a collaborative approach, which is what enabled EPIK to help contribute to the creation of the language of that bill.

Below, you can find the full video from Session 1, as well as the individual speaker videos and the Q&A after the panel.

Full Session 1 Video:

Dani Sloan

Dr. Olurinola OluwaKemi

Carrie Rogers Whitehead, Founder & CEO Digital Respons-Ability

Becca L., Student

Mark S. Babbit, Founder & CEO of Youtern

Curran Dee, Chief Kid Officer at DigCitKids

Jeremy Bond, Publications Coordinator, State Education Resource Center

Dina Alexander, Founder & CEO of Educate and Empower Kids

Adam Moore, Marriage and Family/Addiction Recovery Therapist

Representative Keven Stratton, Sponsor of the nation’s first Digital Citizenship bill, HB213