Last week, over 100 students at Mason County Intermediate School in Maysville, Kentucky successfully completed our My Digital LifeSM program, powered by EverFi, Inc. This online program, which we launched in January, uses leading-edge instructional design, rich media and game-like simulations to educate students and empower them with the skills necessary to leverage technology safely and effectively.

Arlen Butler, a Product Support Manager based in Louisville, Kentucky, attended the ceremony. I asked him about his experience on certification day.

Q:  Why did you volunteer to attend the ceremony today?
Arlen Butler: As the father of a 10-year-old, I recognize the potential risks our youth face today through their use of technology.  There must be a balance between exposing youth to technological benefits, while, at the same time, ensuring they are aware of these potential risks.  My Digital Life is a great tool to create and enhance this awareness. Because of the value of this program, I was happy to participate and represent Neustar.

Q: Why do you think it is important to promote digital citizenship programs in school?
With the continued exponential growth of technology, coupled with the growth of a younger user base, we must continue to find ways to protect and inform our youth of the potential dangers, as well as the benefits of technology.  Along the way, we will enhance awareness and interest in technology.  With the current shortage of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math graduates, this program will hopefully spark more interest in technology that will stick as a desired area of study and vocation.

Q: What was the best part of the certification day at Mason County Intermediate School?
AB: My favorite part of the day was spending time with the students and hearing them express their appreciation and enjoyment of the program. There were even two students who stood up in front of their peers and shared the benefits of the program and what they had learned.  I also had several students walk up to me, shake my hand, and say, “Thanks, the program was great!”  They were not prompted to do so by anyone and I wasn’t even handing out the cupcakes!  When you have 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students doing this, which was the case at Mason County Intermediate, you know we are part of a great program.

Congratulations to you all, and thank you, Arlen, for attending!