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

 

 

 

 

Press Release: The 3rd Annual Digital Citizenship Summit to be held Nov. 2 & 3

The 3rd Annual Digital Citizenship Summit seeks to expand the conversation around kids and technology

Provo, UT, October 19, 2017: On November 2-3, 2017 EPIK Deliberate Digital will host the third annual Digital Citizenship Summit (DigCitSummit2017.com) in Provo, Utah at the Utah Valley Convention Center. This internationally-reaching summit will also have a decisively local energy, with a dozen free community events offered across the two-day event.

Often discussions about kids and technology stop at the don’ts. The Summit will expand the digital safety discussion to explore how adults and children/youth can also work side-by-side to learn about and experience deliberate, positive uses of technology.

Thanks to generous sponsorships, students (ages 10 to college) can register for the two-day conference for free. Parents, educators, and school community council members can receive 50% off the regular price.

During the two-day conference, local, national, and international “burst” speakers will launch roundtable discussions around various topics, including why Digital Citizenship matters, how prevention science can inform digital teaching and learning, parenting in a digital age, and how adults and children/youth can work side-by-side to learn about and experience deliberate digital use together.

Free community events will include a free #UseTech4Good Youth Extravaganza on November 2 (6:30 p.m. at the Utah Valley Convention Center; doors open at 5:45 p.m.) and 11 different activities on November 3 along the Wasatch Front (4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; see the Free Events page for details).

The Digital Citizenship Summit invites youth and adults alike to come join in the conversation about a balanced approach to Digital Citizenship that includes the positives.

In addition to the many community hosts, partners, and volunteers, EPIK Deliberate Digital wishes to thank the DigCitSummit2017 sponsors: The Torrie Wheatley Schmidt Charitable Fund, The Benjamin Foundation, Zion’s Bank, Impero Software, Google Fiber, BrainPOP, Social Assurity, Digital Citizenship Institute, the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology, Janelle Webster, and Casper Pieters.

For more information about the 2017 DigCitSummit, please visit DigCitSummit2017.com or contact Michelle Linford at michelle@epik.org.

For a PDF version of the shareable Press Release: Click here

For a PDF version of the shareable Flyer: Click here

Issue Mapping – Kearns Youth Council

One of the principles we at EPIK try to stress as we talk with community members about raising children in a digital world is “Not about them without them.” We don’t want to just unite community leaders to do something for or about children and youth, but to do something with children and youth. Youth should be involved in the community conversations and in the process of creating a vision for the future. They are the future!

Every time we meet with youth, our commitment to this principle increases, and its value becomes more evident.

We were thrilled to be able to meet with the Kearns Youth Council on May 8, 2015. We’d met some of the council members and their advisor, Kathy Larrabee, at a Salt Lake County Commission on Youth (COY) meeting that we were invited to attend. Many thanks to Kathy for arranging this opportunity.

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As we have done with other youth groups in the past, we invited each individual to write the positives and negatives that come to mind as they think about kids and technology.

As has been true in the past, the youth brought valuable insights to our larger community discussion. What we notice in meeting with the youth is that they will reflect many of the same thoughts that adults have, but they always bring up ideas and perspective that are different.

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Had we had more time in this meeting, we would have invited the youth to help “cluster” their ideas into common themes or patterns. This PDF is an attempt at grouping their input by topic/theme, and comparing and contrasting the positives and negatives that the youth council members shared. To see past youth meeting outputs, see Meeting Outputs in our shared EPIK Google Drive folder.

As we held the discussion in the last few minutes of the meeting, one of the key points that was discussed was a very specific experience that many students had had in one of their classes. The teacher of this class had been a favorite…until he started using Google Chromebooks in his class. Students commented on how now he doesn’t engage students or help them like he did before.

This was not something we would have anticipated hearing, and we think it is something that deserves closer attention and more discussion among educators and administrators (and providers of technology education products).

This simple yet important discussion also illustrates the value of asking youth for their input. We should not be creating or implementing products or policies or programs without involving those who will be using them. The youth have so much to offer!

 

kearns youth insights and impressions