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Prevention Science: A Framework for Positive Digital Citizenship

Location: W175ab

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Listen and learn : Panel

Monday, June 25, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: W175ab

Richard Fuller   Michelle Linford  
The new definition of digital citizenship is an opportunity to change mindsets from the negative and prevention model to the positive and empowerment model. Applying a community approach toward digital citizenship encourages more conversation and deliberate relationship-building as key to the side-by-side learning and mentoring essential in a digital world.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Digital citizenship
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Citizenship
  • Promote and model responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information.
For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The panelists represent a diverse range of cross-sector partners including educators, technology developers, university academics, prevention specialists and nonprofit leaders working together to discover solutions for empowering a deliberate digital generation.

Participants will hear about the outcomes of the 3rd Annual Digital Citizenship Summit focused on creating a movement of people making an impact -- ripples -- in their own spheres to change the way we as adults and kids alike talk about, teach, and engage the powerful and ever-expanding digital landscape of our day.

Results of the white paper presented at the DigCitSummit in November will share how preventing the negatives and fostering the positives bring balance to conversations and culture around issues related to kids and technology. The DigCitSummit theme is EXPAND with a specific focus on AND (e.g., reduce risks AND increase the good; monitor AND mentor, etc.) to help parents, administrators, legislators, and others expand their thinking. There is so much fear around technology. Our hypothesis here is that that DON'Ts - heavy mindset so prevalent (almost universal) among parents (and not uncommon among educators/administrators) is not only missing the powerful principles of protective factors, but also very possibly creating more risks by sabotaging the potential for the very protective factors that are so essential to prevention.

Providing young people with opportunities, skills and recognition strengthens bonding with family, school and community. Strong bonds motivate young people to adopt healthy standards for behavior. Researchers have identified protective factors that increase the likelihood of health and success for children. The Social Development Strategy provides a way of increasing the protective factors for the youth in your community. The Prevention Science model hypothesizes that families and schools that provide youths with opportunities for involvement, that ensure that youths develop competency or skills for participation, and that consistently reinforce effort and skillful participation produce strong bonds between young people and these social units. The model hypothesizes that, in turn, strong bonds of attachment and commitment to prosocial family and school set children on a positive developmental trajectory, resulting in more positive outcomes and fewer health-risk behaviors later.


Introductions: Panelists will introduce themselves and provide brief presentation / overview of their role in terms of the positive digital citizenship movement (10 minutes). Panelists include: Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran, founder, Digital Citizenship Institute & cofounder, Digital Citizenship Summit; Michelle Linford, Executive Director, EPIK Deliberate Digital, Dr. Jason Ohler, Professor Emeritus, Sam Pemberton, CEO, Impero Software and Dr. Mike Ribble, godfather of Digital Citizenship and ISTE author. Panel Q&A - moderator questions of panelists (30 minutes) - Process - involve audience with a roaming reporter and interactive digital tools to get feedback throughout Q&A Panel Q&A - questions from the audience (20 minutes) - Process: Participants can submit questions throughout the presentation via Google Q&A.

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Richard Fuller, Impero
Michelle Linford, EPIK Deliberate Digital

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