DigCitSummit 2017 Proceedings

November 2-3, 2017

Following are links to Summit proceedings, including (videos, roundtable discussion outputs, speaker slides, photos, the collaborative white paper, etc) from the 2017 DigCitSummit that was held in Provo, Utah at the Utah Valley Convention Center on November 2-3, 2017. This was the third annual Summit in the U.S., and is part of a growing global effort to expand conversations around issues related to kids and technology.

Summits were held in Nigeria and Mexico this year (2017) and 2018 Summits include Australia around March 2018, the UK in the first half of 2018, Ghana in June 2018, and Canada in the fall of 2018.

You can also find artifacts from each session/element of the Summit embedded in the agenda outline below.

Many thanks to our 2017 DigCitSummit sponsors who made this event possible:

Links to Summit proceedings/artifacts:


Both days of the

Summit included:

1) Summit meetings for registered guests

These meetings were interactive and participatory, including several roundtable discussions. Outputs (artifacts) of those roundtable discussions are included in their respective Session sections below. These artifacts are designed to invite further discussions and idea-sharing. What are the patterns you see across the groups' idea-sharing? What stands out to you? What questions do you wish had been asked around the various topics?

2) FREE community events

Day 1 - Thursday, November 2, 2017


Held at the Utah Valley Convention Center

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Summit Kickoff

Mike Ribble

Marialice B.F.X. Curran

Welcome by Marialice Curran, co-founder of the DigCitSummit

Summit Kickoff by Mike Ribble (Digital Citizenship pioneer) and Marialice Curran

Digital Citizenship Summit 2017 Kickoff - #DigCitSummit from 2017 Digital Citizenship Summit

Session 1

What is Digital Citizenship? 

Why does it matter?

Session 2

Foundations of Citizenship

What are some root principles of good citizenship?

How can we cultivate these roots?

2017 DigCitSummit Session 2: Foundations of Citizenship from 2017 Digital Citizenship Summit

Session 3

Reducing Risks AND Fostering Positives

What decades of prevention science can teach us about raising/mentoring healthy children

(We had some technical difficulties with the recording, so we do not have video from Dr. Hawkins' presentation, but following are his presentation slides.)

David Hawkins Digital Citizenship Summit presentation

Dr. Hawkins also sent us the following presentation given in Colorado just before the DigCitSummit. (Four dozen communities in Colorado are adopting the Communities that Care model, which focuses on risk AND protective factors and the Social Development Strategy that Dr. Hawkins explained -- which he thinks has potential application in the realm of Positive Digital Citizenship.)

Please note especially the Social Development Strategy and how the proven practices of providing pro-social opportunities, skill-building, and positive reinforcement might apply in the Digital Citizenship sphere. Dr. Hawkins talked extensively about how these three things help build bonds that are critical to healthy development and the establishment of healthy boundaries in all spheres of a child's life (personal/peer, family, school, community).

Dr. Hawkins also encouraged us to point also to videos about the Social Development Strategy that can be found at the Social Development Strategy page of the Communities that Care website.

See also the collaborative white paper that was written as part of this Summit, exploring possible ways that prevention science, Digital Citizenship, and media literacy experts could work together toward healthy youth development in a digital world.

Session 4

Parenting in a Digital World

Grounded in timeless principles, engaging like never before

We had some technical difficulties with the recording, so we do not have video of this panel, but following are the outputs of the roundtable discussions which were focused on what timeless principles can guide parents in a digital world.

Roundtable Artifacts - Parenting in the Digital World

The artifacts also include the large group idea-sharing about what should be different with parenting in a digital world.

Free Community Event:


Held at the Utah Valley Convention Center

This event was designed to be the highlight of the Summit Elementary, junior high, high school, and college students showcased ways that they #UseTech4Good. We encourage continued sharing of such stories in your spheres. Students can also submit stories to be featured on UseTech4Good.com

Special guest performances included:

  • Jenn Blosil: Professional musician, top-14 contestant on American Idol
  • SCERA Youth Theatre's national award-winning high school company, Acting UP
  • The Piano Gal (Sara Arkell). Thanks to Sara for also providing beautiful pre-event music.

Special thanks to the youth and young adults who contributed their stories to this event (see program here), to our emcees, Jenn Blosil and Grace Garn. Thanks also to Social Assurity for event planning support and to all the swag providers, including Studio C and Chick-fil-A!)

#UseTech4Good Youth Extravaganza from 2017 Digital Citizenship Summit.

We also wanted to include the mini-documentary, Positively Social, which we didn't have time to show in the Extravaganza but is well worth your time!

6:30 p.m.

FREE EVENT for the whole community!

This event will be the highlight of the Summit! Elementary, junior high, high school, and college students will showcase ways that they #UseTech4Good. Come also enjoy uplifting performances by our guest artists. Giveaways will include Studio C swag!
See some examples of what Positive Digital Citizenship can look like.

Day 2 - Friday, November 3, 2017


Held at the Utah Valley Convention Center

9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Day 2 Kickoff will be led by some of our youth participants.

NOTE: Summit sessions will be highly participatory and interactive. Come with sleeves rolled up and brains fired up!

Session 1:

The Jobs to Be Done theory

The Jobs to be Done theory:

How can a focus on the progress of those you serve change how you work?


The Jobs to Be Done Theory - DigCitSummit 2017 Session 5 (Day 2) from 2017 Digital Citizenship Summit.

Session 2




How can adults and children/youth work together to #UseTech4Good in personal, educational, local, and global spheres?


2017 DigCitSummit Session 6: #NotAboutThemWithoutThem from 2017 Digital Citizenship Summit.

Session 3



#WeNotMe (#WeANDMe):

This interactive workshop will help us explore how we can EXPAND conversations, collaborations, and community-building toward a more positive, #UseTech4Good culture. 

DigCitSummit 2017 Session 7 (Day 2) from 2017 Digital Citizenship Summit.


 Held at various locations across Wasatch Front.

Start times vary from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

See below for details.


Most conferences have breakouts/workshops during the conference for attendees only. The DigCitSummit is bringing workshops and breakout sessions to the community for FREE!

Events will be held the afternoon and evening of November 3 in multiple locations across the Wasatch Front. Start times vary from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. See below for more details.

Note: Some hosts are still finalizing details; more information will be coming soon. Many thanks to our Community Event hosts and facilitators for their participation!