Youth Take Action:
Digital Citizenship Day
Co-presented with Check Your Head
Digital citizenship is a new and evolving concept which grapples with the complex reality of new digital technologies that impact all aspects of our lives today. Youth Take Action: Digital Citizenship Day will bring together high school students for a full-day, in-person workshop that explores the following questions:
- What are the rights of youth digital citizens?
- What are their responsibilities, and what are those of governments and private companies?
- How can we ensure that new technologies do not deepen existing injustices or create new ones?
- How can we equip students with the skills to navigate online spaces that are dominated by “fake news” and misinformation?
- How can we use exponentially advancing technology to create a better future for all of us?
Designed to supplement B.C.'s Digital Literacy Framework, this free event is intended for grade 10, 11, and 12 classes from public schools across the lower mainland. It’s a great fit for your Social Justice 11/12 class, but all classes are welcome. Please note that at this time, we ask that only one class per school register.
The day’s activities are designed by Check Your Head and will be led by youth peers trained in popular education and facilitation as well as adult allies, offering an experience that is quite different from a traditional classroom. Through a mix of engaging presentations and hands-on activities, youth will learn about some of the key challenges and possibilities offered by the digital age both from industry leaders and their peers. Additionally, participating classes will be equipped with supplemental pre and post-event classroom activities.
Filming and Photography
Over the course of the day, content presentations will be filmed and photographed. Parental consent forms must be completed for each student.
Builds Awareness of Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. By the end of the day, the student:
- Understands the concept of privacy as it relates to using the internet.
- Understands the ways websites and companies collect data online and utilize it to personalize content for their uses, and consider companies’ motives in doing so.
- Understands the concepts of ethical behaviour and online ethics.
- Understands public online presence known as a digital footprint.
- Is aware of the discourse on both the issues and opportunities involved in new media.
- Is aware of the general trends within new media even if they do not use them.
- Exhibits leadership as a digital citizen.
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.
This event is completely free of charge. Lunch will be provided, but teachers are responsible for coordinating student transportation.
Registration is limited so please act fast! To reserve a spot for your class, please contact Emily Gorham, Education Program Coordinator, Check Your Head at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details:
- Your name and contact information
- Name of school, participating class, and grade
- Number of students in the class
- Student dietary restrictions and accessibility concerns
- Photography parental consent forms for each student
Any questions can be directed to Check Your Head at email@example.com or 604-709-5644.
From Granville Street, head east five blocks down Davie.
Underground pay parking is available, access off Drake (south of Pacific Blvd).
The Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line Station is 200 metres from the Roundhouse. Buses 6 & C23 stop within feet of the Roundhouse.
All areas of the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre are fully wheelchair accessible.
The main floor features a single-stall gender neutral washroom that is wheelchair accessible.
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-5959.
Check Your Head
Check Your Head: the Youth Global Education Network is a youth-driven not-for-profit organization founded in 1999 and based in Vancouver, British Columbia, on unceded Coast Salish territories. We provide education, resources, training and support for youth to live as engaged, independent and active citizens within our local and global communities. Our main activities include workshops, training, supporting youth-led actions, and engaging youth volunteers.