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KidsMatter Digital Leader Summit Brings Positive Digital Citizenship to Students

KidsMatter, in partnership with Naperville 203 and Indian Prairie 204 school districts, created the KidsMatter Digital Leader Summit to empower students to realize their leadership possibilities, combat cyberbullying, and create a positive digital footprint. The program leverages the Google Be Internet Awesome curriculum and Common Sense Media resources to assist student in developing a positive digital footprint and be “UpStanders” within their communities.


Students in grades in 4-8 had the opportunity to be selected to be part of the 272 students to attend a one-day seminar. Facilitators for the Summit included teachers, technology specialists, learning commons directors, educational administrators, KidsMatter staff and volunteers. By attending the Summit students will learn how to share their learning with the school community and create “call to action” plan that focuses on being a good digital citizen, encouraging kindness, promoting respectful debate, and recognizing valid online sources.


The KidsMatter Digital Summit was broken down into an elementary day for grades 4-5, and a junior high day for grades 6-8. Each Summit day started with an opening session followed by small group work and ended with a closing session where students collaborated with their home school to design how they will bring back their learning to their peers.