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#ICANHELP Digital Citizenship Student Curriculum

location_on United States

A proactive, peer-to-peer curriculum designed to empower students to use social media positively.

The Digital Citizenship Student Curriculum is a proactive curriculum specifically designed by teachers to prevent negativity and promote digital safety and wellness in schools. The lessons in the curriculum will connect offline behavior with online behavior, encouraging deep thought, reflection, and positive change.

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Overview

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Digital Wellbeing

Web presence

2013

Established

470K

Children/users

6

Countries
Organisation
Not-for-profit
Updated
November 30th, 2022
We experienced the rapid increase in social media use and the stress and anxiety that negative online behavior puts on school cultures. Students need to be part of the solution.

About the innovation

Peer to Peer Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Overview

#ICANHELP is creating a generation that’s not only tech-savvy but knows how to use Digital4Good. Our programs bridge the gap between knowing how to use social media and technology and learning how to use them positively to build strong school communities and become good digital citizens.

What is #ICANHELP?

Negative online behavior is linked to higher levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and suicide in kids and teens. Just because students understand the mechanics of social media and digital technology doesn’t mean they know how to deal with issues like cyberbullying, harassment, privacy, and safety. #ICANHELP’s mission is to empower students with the tools and training they need to protect themselves, develop their digital media toolkit, and use social media positively.

Student-led Empowerment

Our Digital Citizenship Student Curriculum puts students in the driver’s seat. It has over 50 peer-to-peer workshops, activities, and lesson plans on digital citizenship to help students build positive communities both on AND offline. It teaches them to connect offline behavior with online behavior and explore the impact their actions⁠—both positive and negative⁠—have on themselves and their peers. Students learn how to respond to negativity, report inappropriate behavior, and positive, safe ways to engage in social media.

Student-powered Community

To support kids’ and teens’ emotional and mental wellbeing outside of the classroom, #ICANHELP also has a social media community run by Student Interns. These student leaders design and run social campaigns to grow and amplify #ICANHELP’s impact. From fun challenges and instructional videos to sharing how students are using social media to create positive change, their mission is to engage with as many kids as possible and create a world-wide youth community that uses #Digital4Good.

Lead interns are supported by a team of student volunteers who help create engaging, positive content for Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and more. Not only do students make an impact and help grow our online community, but they develop their writing, design, project management, and technical skills.

Each year, our interns and volunteers collaborate with a team of adult mentors from companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter to put on our annual #Digital4Good Summit that recognizes outstanding student organizations who are using social media and digital technology to drive positive change in their communities. This LiveStream event showcases student initiatives, educational panels, and keynote speakers to help spread awareness and amplify #ICANHELP’s reach and impact.

Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

Empowerment and Digital Wellness educates and encourages students to use social media in a positive way. Highly practical within the school context and developing a culture of togetherness and not of division. Over 400000 students in two countries have used the innovation demonstrating some degree of scalability so far.

HundrED Academy Reviews
Very holistic and well-structured program (as far as I can see from the outside). Not only for educating the students but also the teachers training and parental education, this approach is much needed globally. We would love to have this innovation in package in many languages.
The reach of the project in the last 6 years has clearly been huge as has the impact with those that the group have worked with. Supporting pupils to reflect and consider the way that they can help develop positivity within others is a wonderful concept.
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Media

Advise Magazine: Bringing Common Sense to Social MediaEmpowering students to use technology for good
Non-Profit #ICANHELP Student Interns Continue To Innovate Despite Quarantine Restrictions
COVID-19 has caused unimaginable disruption in America’s public education system. Students are now adapting to digital courses and virtual classrooms, for which no one, including teachers, was prepared. Students are now online 24/7, as technology has replaced both their educational and social interactions. Teachers, students, and families have little to no guidance or information on navigating this “new normal.” Enter the #ICANHELP student interns. #ICANHELP has been educating students, teachers, and communities on how to fight online negativity since 2013, but the coronavirus presented a new challenge. For the last seven years, the non-profit has spread its message of positive online interaction through assemblies and social media. How do you adapt these lessons to a fully online environment? The solution came from #ICANHELP’s student interns. The students, hailing from high school to graduate school, are connected by one purpose: to be online leaders in a world gone negative. While most of the country’s mentality is weighed down by understandable panic, isolation, and increasing partisanship, Lead Intern Malorie Bournizan saw the quarantine as an opportunity to expand #ICANHELP’s efforts. “During the shutdown, many students reached out to #ICANHELP eager to get involved and make an impact while at home,” Malorie comments. So, Malorie and interns from over 17 states and three countries came together to design curricula, engage on social media, and provide support to students, specifically covering topics relevant to today’s technological situations. As students return to school this fall, we face an unprecedented increase in online engagement and exposure to negative interactions due to virtual learning and isolation from others. The #ICANHELP interns are acting as guides in this new digital-first society by providing education, tools, and support to teens and communities. Interns have noticed that due to increased digital engagement, many people’s mental health is negatively affected. Their solution: create an online workbook to help teens and young adults recognize their anxiety, depression, and stress and provide tools to help them cope. Digital Media Intern Alexa Negrete realized that with a more online course load, students wouldn’t receive the same in-person training they usually would. So she developed a “Train the Trainer” system where students can learn information about identifying and fighting online negativity in a way that is easily teachable to their peers. “Research has proven that teens are more likely to turn to their peers about online problems over their parents,” Alexa notes, “So the best way to promote being a positive force online is to hear it from the trusted source.” With schools beginning again in September, especially with the many new formats education is taking, these issues, challenges, and concerns are only becoming more pressing. #ICANHELP is growing its student community with interns and student volunteers to provide a nationwide digital support network that gives students the tools and knowledge they need to thrive online. The organization is also working on creating more resources and tools to help students live and learn in this new digital environment. Co-founder Kim Karr likes to highlight that the organization is “student-run, student-led, student-initiative” based. “This generation of students is the first to have completely grown up surrounded by digital technology and understand how the mechanics of online interactions work,” she comments. “However, just because you understand how it works doesn’t mean you know the complex social structures and how to protect yourself online properly.” That’s why these digital natives, the #ICANHELP interns, have taken the time to learn these complexities and lead the way to a safer and more positive online space. Malorie says that moving forward, “I hope we can help students understand not only how we should act online, but also how they can be a force for good both in their online and offline communities.” In this time of considerable uncertainty and unrest, the #ICANHELP interns have been able to make positive changes and help more students and educators than ever. For more information or to schedule an interview to help us spread the word about how students can engage and learn to use digital for good at home and in school, please email #ICANHELP Co-founder Kim Karr.
Uncap the Possibilities | By Aaron Judge
Sharpie and The Players’ Tribune have partnered to create a series around Uncap the Possibilities, which shows how a Sharpie gives people the power to unleash their imaginations and express how they’d like the world to be. Here, Aaron Judge discussed why #ICanHelp is more than just a hashtag, and is more a movement to create a new norm for how to delete negativity online.Watch the video here
Yankees Magazine: Something More to Give
MLB All-Star Aaron Judge's involvement with nonprofit #ICANHELP -- spreading positivity throughout American schools. 

Implementation steps

Bring #ICANHELP Training to Your School
Cost varies depending on the needs of a school and their physical location. Learn more, explore all of our programs, and sign up by visiting us at www.icanhelp.net.

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