The Digital Citizen Academy High School Program, named the “#DigitalDivide” by past students, is designed to help educators and students work together to stay informed and knowledgeable about the effects of technology, its greater impact on society, and how they can become an important voice in our global online community.
Our High School Program engages students in real world experiences and broadens their knowledge in order to empower them to share their voice in current and future issues that impact their digital lives. Some critical topics likely to be addressed in the High School Program include: Cyberbullying, Technology Addiction, Digital Footprint, Digital Reputation, Social Media and Anxiety, Social Media’s Impact on Students’ Mental Health, Complexities of Social networking and The Impact of Technology on the Teen Brain.
Digital Citizen Academy recognizes that high school, while an exciting time in a teen’s life, is also challenging in terms of rigorous coursework and schedules, new social and emotional experiences and the complex technology related issues they face daily. Often during this time, students begin to push boundaries online and make poor choices that can cause long term and sometimes result in lifelong consequences. An alarming number of students are experiencing depression, anxiety or engaging in self harm due to poor choices made online. The Digital Citizen Academy High School Program brings high school students into the discussion and provides them a voice on the issues that are occurring within the global online world encouraging them to be leaders in the digital space.
The High School Program posts weekly online webinars through our online platform that cover current events, global issues, and address common topics students and educators face. To keep students engaged and create ongoing interest, content typically comes from the latest news and breaking stories from reputable news sources and challenges students to address whether there is a “#DigitalDivide” between their voice and the general public on the presented topic. After viewing the webinar, instructors are encouraged to lead a discussion and share the students’ opinions on the Digital Citizen Academy general forum for other high school programs to review.