Why DQ?
Our Children’s Most Critical Life Skills
The social and economic impact of technology in the world is widespread and accelerating. The speed and volume of digital information being transmitted have increased exponentially.

Experts are predicting that 90% of the world’s entire population will be connected to the Internet within 10 years. With the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, the digital and physical worlds will soon be merged. These changes herald exciting possibilities. But they also create uncertainty. And our kids are at the center of this dynamic change.

Besides IQ and EQ, DQTM, the Digital Intelligence Quotient, is a set of critical life skills in this digital age. DQ is the sum of technical, mental and social skills empowering individuals to deal with these challenges of living in a digital world and thrive.

for Children

We have a predicament. Born in the 21st century, our children enter a world that is hyper-connected. Their digital footprint starts from birth and they grow up immersed in the digital world.

With such intense exposure to the digital world – what they do on the Internet, whom they interact with online – greatly influences their identity, well-being and development.

The Internet is a great resource but there are also real cyber dangers including cyber-bullying, technology addiction and grooming, that often, children are left alone to navigate before they are developmentally ready. Here are some sobering statistics.


Blind Spots

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of 8-17 year olds, globally, experience cyberbullying
Microsoft Online Bullying Among Youth 8-17 Worldwide 2012
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of 11-16 year olds in the UK say they are addicted to the internet
Clarke, B. Dr., & Hitchenor, B. (2014). Young People’s Attitudes Towards Gaming: The
0 %
of US teens, aged 13-17 regularly receive online communication from strangers
Teen Internet Safety Survey, Wave II (2007). Cox Communications Report.Youth
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of US teens, aged 13-19, have been asked to send a  “sext”
Temple, J. R., Paul, J. A., van den Berg, P., Le, V. D., McElhany, A., & Temple, B. W. (2012). Teen sexting and its association with sexual behaviors. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent
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more likely are children than adults to be victims of identity theft
May, Jaime (2012). Child Identity Theft: What Parents Need to Know to Protect Their Children. All Clear ID Alert Network Report.
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of parents in Singapore have had their security compromised by their children
Tham, Irene. “Children a Weak Link in Household Cyber Security.” The Straits Times, Singapore, 3 March 2016/div>


Children urgently need digital intelligence. Not being digital natives themselves, parents and teachers may not be equipped to help these children. This is especially true for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

This sparked the founding of DQ Institute and continues to motivate us. The Institute is committed to address the gap and #DQEveryChildTM.

The secret of future prosperity lies with our children. Helping them gain the necessary technical, mental and social skills is an important key to preparing capable, engaged digital citizens to lead this fourth industrial revolution.

Only with a critical mass of empowered citizens can we engender a healthy digital ecosystem built on trust and transparency, driving future economic development that is inclusive and sustainable.

Countries’ successful digital transformation depends on this.

Grown Ups Are
Not Immune Either
0 %
of respondents (aged 13 – 74) had been a victim of at least one online risk
(Microsoft 2017 Civility, Safety and Interaction Online).
0 %
did not know or were unsure about where to find help with an online risk
(Microsoft 2017 Civility, Safety and Interaction Online).

Children are not the ones solely exposed to cyber risks. Adults may also lack basic digital literacy and internet safety knowledge to protect themselves from online dangers. They are likewise vulnerable to privacy invasion, phishing, malware, cybercrime and other security risks.

Lapses in judgement not only puts themselves at risk, but may also expose family and friends to these dangers. Thoughtless comments made on social media and online public platforms can also quickly escalate into reputation risks and public relations nightmares.

In particular, elderly in SES families are often targets of cyber-threats like scams (involving money) and phishing, and the lack of education and training to address the growing need of protection often results in negative well-being for this group .

> 0 %
of all security incidents in businessess worldwide recognized human error as a contributing factor. This includes succumbing to phishing attacks and using easy-to-guess passwords.
(IBM 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index).
> 0 %
of survey participants said they do not know much about protecting themselves online with 11.5 percent admitting that they know nothing and need help.
(Mozilla 2017 Privacy Survey)