In 2017, with support from Singtel, we were able to work with primary schools in Singapore to pilot our DQ World platform to teach children digital intelligence skills. Through school assembly talks, class workshops, and our online platform, we garnered more than 15,000 student registrations across 42 schools.
Throughout 2017, with the support of TOUCH Cyber Wellness, DQ held multiple teachers’ workshops, reaching out to more than 100 primary school teachers, and more schools to partake in the 2017 DQ World programme.
In addition to primary schools, the DQ Institute worked with Singtel and IMDA to help run after-school programmes. Singtel employees volunteered their time to help implement DQ programmes for children in the local community.
With help of TOUCH and Science Centre Singapore, we also reached out to parents at the “I am a Young Scientist” Parents Workshop on September 4, 2017 where we shared what DQ is to parents and children.
Some schools who had limited time or could not make it in time to participate in the platform in 2017 had chosen to take part in the 2017 DQ Screen Time Study in order to understand their students’ current state of cyber-risk and digital use habits. Schools that got over 100 student respondents have received a DQ Screen Time Report – giving insight on how they can improve as a school, in turn, setting a starting point for the implementation of the DQ World programme in 2018.
In October 2017, the DQ Institute partnered with Singtel and the National Council of Social Services (NCSS) to launch the first-ever cyber-risk reporting system on the DQ e-learning platform. Moving forward, the DQ Institute is working with IMDA and the Media Literacy Council in Singapore to develop parental tools to help bridge digital gaps.