The Young Digital Leaders curriculum consists of five sessions targeted at students aged 12-15 years old. In line with the Council of Europe definition of digital citizenship, the curriculum aims to support students. To achieve these aims, the curriculum offers session plans and guidance for five sessions:
- Be more critical in their consumption of online information
- Be more effective in their online communication Champion their and others’ rights, responsibilities and opportunities online
- Critical Consumers, Resilient Citizens, Effective Communicators, Rights Experts and Digital Leaders.
Across these five sessions, students will develop their knowledge of key concepts, the skills they need to identify online harms, the effective behaviours needed to interact respectfully, and the attitudes to play a positive role in the online community.
The sessions can be adapted as needed by practitioners and are a fun, innovative and engaging way to help young people learn about digital citizenship and online leadership. This curriculum, in conjunction with the accompanying Digital Deck, provides all of the information and guidance needed to deliver the programme. Across the sessions, four key questions will be posed to the students, each related to the previous one. The answers will provide the basis of the curriculum’s final activity, offering students the opportunity to create a digital campaigns, or contribute to existing ones, which respond to a social, political or cultural issue that is important to them.