Last week, we celebrated the certification of 23 students in Mr. Dave Palanzi’s Computer Information Systems class at Stone Bridge High School in Loudoun County, Virginia; the very first class to certify in our My Digital LifeSM platform, 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.
John Manning, a Loudoun County local who manages our North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) organization, attended the ceremony. I asked him about his experience on certification day.
Q: Why did you volunteer to attend the ceremony today?
John Manning: As a parent of a sophomore at Stone Bridge High School, as well as a parent of two children that graduated from the school in 2005 and 2007, I have a stake in this academic program. My children have all benefited from the excellent instruction they received from the school so participating in the My Digital Life program and representing Neustar was a way to recognize all that the school has done for my family.
Q: Why do you think it is important to promote digital citizenship programs in school?
JM: The technology available to children at the middle and high school level is remarkable. These young people are very eager to use it, but with these technical capabilities comes significant responsibilities. The sooner we can introduce and convey the responsibilities, the better prepared they will be to take full advantage of all that is available to them, in a safe and productive way.
Q: What was the best part of the certification day at Stone Bridge High School?
JM: It was exciting to be able to recognize these students, a good number of them I knew. Just as important, I had a great discussion with a small group of students who were very interested to learn about Neustar–what we do, how the company has evolved over the past 10-plus years, and why Neustar was involved in the My Digital Life program.
Congratulations to you all, and thank you John for attending!