October 15-16, 2019
Using a mix of Google’s Be Internet Awesome program and Common Sense Education’s Digital Citizenship program, KidsMatter has partnered with school districts #203 and #204 in Illinois to create the Digital Leader Summit.
The program empowers nearly 400 students to realize their leadership potential, combat cyberbullying and create a positive digital footprint through the use of five modules.
GOOGLE’s BE INTERNET AWESOME PROGRAM
Be Internet Strong
Be Internet Brave
Be Internet Smart
Be Internet Alert
Be Internet Kind
BEING A GOOD DIGITAL CITIZEN
Most kids will encounter mean behavior at some point in their digital lives. For some kids, this experience is a blip that’s easily forgotten, while for others it can have deep, long-lasting effects. For parents, the key is staying involved in kids’ lives—both online and off—so they can step in and offer help if necessary. With guidance from parents and educators, kids can learn how to dodge the drama and stand up for others.
WHO CAN BE A LEADER?
Our KidsMatter Digital Leaders are carefully chosen by a combination of our school partners.
From the school principal to the Information Technology expert within a school, student leaders are chosen based on a multitude of criteria.
Only a few student leaders can be chosen from each school. If you (or your student) are not chosen for this year's Summit, we encourage all students to practice their leadership skills and voice and share your desire to be a leader in the following year's program.
Or, become an awesome volunteer by visiting us at our Volunteer Fair. Click the button to learn more!
WHAT DO LEADERS DO?
After the event concludes, each leader works with the school's principal, teachers, and Digital Leaders Instructors to plan, prepare and present a program within the school with one to three other students from the same school.
These groups put together programs to practice teaching their peers about the various teachings that were taught using Google's Be Internet Awesome program and Common Sense Education's program.
Some student leaders have the opportunity to teach a whole assembly of students and some students provide presentations to different grade levels on different days.