In an effort to bring the #DQEveryChild movement to South Africa, the DQ Institute collaborated with Digitelligence and Symphonia’s Partners for Possibility to spread cyber awareness among students, teachers, and business leaders.

Greg Gatherer of Digitelligence worked to introduce the DQ World platform to students and schools directly through workshops, in addition to promoting the platform and its benefits on his website.

Along with his efforts, Dr Robyn Whittaker of Partners for Possibility reached out to the top NGO’s network of schools to offer them the opportunity to take part in the 2018 DQ World programme by participating in the 2017 DQ Study.

Through their participation in the study, these schools will be able to understand their students’ digital use habits and their current levels of cyber-risk exposure. Schools that had over 100 student respondents have received a DQ Screen Time Report and will be able to use this knowledge to build and develop their own pedagogies for digital citizenship education to complement the DQ World programme.

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From Our Partner

Robyn Whittaker

Stakeholder Engagement Leader of Partners for Possibility, South Africa

“For South Africa, I think the key concern is that we are a relatively emerging market when it comes to social media, online access, and the exposure of our children to an online world. We have a population where children are probably far more familiar with what is happening digitally than their parents are, and so far more exposed without the protective influence of their parents to guide them. DQ Institute offers a really powerful, ready-made solution for the education of children on cyber-risk and on digital citizenship. It is of great assistance in offering teachers and parents a tool with which to educate the children that they are working with.”


Greg Gatherer

Executive Head of Striata Document Solutions, South Africa

“The eight aspects of digital citizenship identified by the DQ Institute are vital for child development. Mastering these aspects will help children understand the value of their digital identity, exercise their rights as a digital citizen and ensure their own safety and security in order to be less vulnerable to online risks.”