What is DQ?

8 Digital Skills We Must Teach Our Children
Digital Intelligence (DQTM) is the sum of technical, mental and social competencies essential to digital life.

It encompasses the knowledge,  skills, attitudes and values that are needed to thrive as responsible members of the online world, and to be confident in handling the challenges and demands of the digital era.

These abilities are rooted in the human values of integrity, respect and empathy. These values enable the wise and responsible use of technology – an attribute which marks the leaders of tomorrow.

Empowering citizens with DQ is critical to a nation’s digital progress – a key agenda of many countries.

DQ can be broadly broken down into eight interconnected areas:

We Have Defined Three Levels of DQ.

We believe that digital leaders will be people who have strong identities and positive values and, by being masters of technology rather than simply passive consumers will be capable to creating new opportunities for a better future. We therefore define digital intelligence as comprising three broad areas: Citizenship, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship.


The ability to use digital technology and media in safe, responsible and effective ways.


The ability to become a part of the digital ecosystem by co-creating new content and turning ideas into reality by using digital tools.


The ability to use digital media and technologies to solve global challenges or to create new opportunities.

8 Digital
The first phase of the DQ educational program focused on developing digital citizenship competencies for young children aged 8 – 12 because there is an urgent need to prepare them for the digital world when they actively start engaging in digital media and devices. This age is a critical time when children typically become active on social media and are exposed to cyber risks.

Children at this age are also vulnerable as they begin to seek social inclusion. They are at the crucial stage when they start to figure out their sense of what is right and wrong, taking their first steps on a lifelong journey to build their sense of identity and discernment.

Evolved out of academic research on childhood cyber wellness and cyber security, DQ Institute identified eight core digital citizenship competencies that children need and developed the DQ Digital Citizenship.



DQ Score

DQ Score is a composite number derived from the competence level measured according to the eight core digital citizenship competencies. Similar to an IQ score, the global average is 100, with the standard deviation of 15. DQ Score is generated through DQ World.

DQ Score correlates significantly with the level of cyber risks (inverse) and personal strengths (direct).

Relationship between Online Risk Behaviours and DQ Score

For example, a DQ Score of 90 for sharing personal data translates to a 24 percent risk of a child sharing personal data.

However, increasing their DQ score to 100 reduces that risk to 17 percent, and raising their score to 110 further reduces it to 12 percent.


Relationship Between
Personal Strengths
and DQ Score


DQ Score correlates directly with psychological strengths, cognitive and social development as well as safe and responsible online behaviours.

Thickness of line represents strength of correlation.