October 19, 2017

DQ Screen Time Study Toolkit

The DQ Screen Time Test Toolkit contains everything a school needs to take part in the multi-national DQ Screen Time Study.

Why Participate?

There’s a need to understand children’s screen time habits globally
Digital media and technology are evolving at a frantic pace, bringing with them extraordinary opportunities as well as real risks for young people. Students are using the immense power of the Internet and mobile technologies to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined—both inside and outside of the classroom. But issues that emerge with this 24/7 “hyper-connected culture” — from cyber-bullying to privacy concerns to uncertainty about which information to trust online — are surfacing in schools and at home.

Especially, excessive screen time.
It is a gateway to negative side effects of digital technology and media and is linked to a wide range of long-term health and wellness indicators. Such issues include less reading time, increased attention problems, poorer school performance, less sleep and many others.

By participating in the DQ Screen Time Study, you are helping us to understand children’s digital media usage habits and exposure to cyber risks.  Results from the Study will be featured in our Global DQ Index Report – to be published annually in collaboration with the World Economic Forum – that will be used to improve children’s digital citizenship education initiatives worldwide.

The deadline for participation is 30th November 2017

How to Start

Step 1: Teachers complete a brief DQ Educator Survey (2 mins.)

Step 2: Teachers have students ages 8-12 complete the DQ Screen Time Test (45 mins.)

The DQ Screen Time Test is available in the following languages:

  Step 1: Educator Survey Step 2: DQ Test
English Online / PDF Online / PDF
Spanish Online / PDF Online / PDF
Korean Online / PDF Online / PDF
Chinese (Simplified) Online / PDF Online / PDF
Chinese (Traditional) OnlinePDF Online/ PDF
Arabic Online/  PDF OnlinePDF
French OnlinePDF OnlinePDF
Japanese Online/  PDF OnlinePDF
Italian Online/  PDF OnlinePDF
Vietnamese OnlinePDF OnlinePDF
Indonesian Bahasa OnlinePDF OnlinePDF
Thailand OnlinePDF OnlinePDF
Turkish OnlinePDF OnlinePDF

We also provide:

  1. Cover letter – to explain the details of the DQ Screen Time Study.
  2. Educator guide – to help teachers administer the DQ Screen Time Test to their students.
  Cover Letter Educator Guide
English PDF PDF
Spanish PDF PDF
Korean PDF PDF
Chinese (Simplified) PDF PDF
Chinese (Traditional) PDF PDF
Arabic PDF PDF
French PDF PDF
Japanese PDF PDF 
Italian PDF PDF
Vietnamese PDF PDF
Indonesian Bahasa PDF PDF
Thailand PDF PDF
Turkish PDF PDF

Understanding the DQ Screen Time Test Instruments:

Section 1. Screen time management skill
This section seeks to understand children’s ability to manage screen time, multitasking, and engagement in various digital media activities with self-control.

Section 2. Digital media and device use
This section seeks to understand how actively children use digital media in addition to which devices they normally use to access the Internet.

Section 3. Exposure to cyber risks
This section seeks to understand if children are at elevated risk for risky online behaviour including cyber-bullying, offline meetings with online strangers, being exposed to inappropriate (adult) content, and sharing personal information.

Section 4. Support network
This section seeks to understand to what degree (if any) school teachers and parents have been involved in mediating children’s online activities.

The DQ School Screen Time Report

Schools with more than 100 completed students will be eligible to receive a free DQ School Screen Time Report showcasing their students’ average DQ Screen Time Management Skill Score as compared to national and global averages:

Sample DQ Screen Time School Report

Informed with these insights, educators will be empowered with an understanding of their students’ digital media use habits and exposure to related cyber risks. Educators can then make informed decisions regarding how they’d like to address these issues in the near future.

Other resources

We have provided opt-out parental consent forms to obtain parental permission, where necessary. These consent forms serve only as a rough guide and do not constitute legally binding documents.

Language Parental Consent Form
English PDF
Others Pending

Data privacy and protection

We assure you that all information will be treated with strictest confidentiality, as evidenced by our study’s approval by the NTU Institutional Review Board in Singapore.


If you represent a school and would like to participate in this Study, please contact us at contact@dqinstitute.org.

We also welcome businesses and organizations interested in partnering with DQ Institute to support translation and outreach efforts in your country.