What is DQ ?

DQ or Digital Intelligence Quotient is the sum of social,
emotional, and cognitive abilities that enable individuals
to face the challenges and adapt to the demands of life
in the digital world.

8 Digital Skills


1. Practice and develop habits for using the internet and smart devices in a positive and creative manner. Learn how to be a smart internet user, without becoming addicted to online games, social media, or mobile phones and devices to the detriment of personal health. “Be a master of technology, not a slave.”
2. Be a good online citizen. Think before you post. Learn how to analyze and determine the difference between reliable news and rumor or false news. Know how to protect yourself from being easily deceived, either by strangers or with online purchases.
1. The DQ course will: help to raise students’ awareness in using the internet and socializing online; train children to be disciplined and have self-control regarding internet usage; help to reduce online bullying and provide training for appropriate social media usage, thus enabling students to better concentrate on their learning and allowing teachers greater opportunity to impart knowledge to children in their care.
2. DQ is a comprehensive set of competencies that measures a person’s digital skills and intelligence. It meets global standards and has received the support of the WEF, OECD, IEEE and more than 100 countries worldwide. Teachers can use DQ scores in comparison with students from other schools (similar to the way IQ scores are used).
1. The DQ program can help to reduce the tension produced by constant reprimands. Experience the satisfaction of seeing children develop greater discipline in the use of smart phones, tablets and computers (Parents should also encourage their children to get involved in other activities, such as playing sports, exercising, and engaging in other activities that can be done together as a family, etc.)
2. The DQ program helps to lay the foundation for children to practice the eight important digital skills, to know how to be careful about strangers in the online world, to practice caution regarding purchasing items in games and other online products, and to know what is and isn’t appropriate when it comes to posting messages and pictures on social media.
3. The DQ program helps prepare children as they grow up to become adults who practice discipline and responsibility online and in social networks; who respect rules, proper etiquette and relevant laws; and who are able to take care of themselves in the online world.

How to Apply for the DQ Course

Register with a parent’s email.
Choose a topic and start
doing exercises at no charge.
Total of 8 topics.
DQ scorecard will be sent
to parent’s email within 3 hours
after finished.

Entering DQ Program

DQ program is designed for children 8-12 years old who use mobile phone and tablet mainly for entertainment and information search. With DQ, kids will enjoy minigames, collect items, answer quizzes, and up levels. Use parent’s email to register and receive DQ scores. Let the game begin!


What is DQ?

DQ or ‘Digital Intelligence Quotient’ is a 360-degree knowledge set which consists of essential skills regarding various aspects of digital and online activity. Including social skills, emotional wellbeing, and idea formation, DQ is a measure used to ensure children aged between 8-12 years old are savvy and knowledgeable enough to navigate the online world safely and securely. Children with a good DQ score will be those who are imaginative, aware of which games to choose to ensure they can stay safe while having fun, able to use the internet creatively, careful of interacting with strangers, and smart enough not to spend too much time on their screens.

In addition to producing intelligent online citizens, DQ also encourages creativity when using the internet as a platform to show off a child’s abilities and talent.

What is digital citizenship, and why is it so important?

Digital citizenship refers to teaching internet users to be fully aware of the online world, including having an understanding of the nature of the online communication. A digital citizen should practice the skills necessary to communicate online and develop their critical thinking regarding data and information found or seen online, meaning they can separate fact from fiction, and right from wrong, not merely believing everything they read. These people will have effective communication skills, whether chatting with friends or interacting with other people they meet through social media, while they will also think carefully before posting to ensure that they will not offend anyone, keeping their emotions strictly in check when online.

Digital citizens should understand the dangers posed by the internet and be able to protect themselves from it, building an honest and uncorrupted online presence, including not infringing on the rights of others. Put simply, it means teaching people how to be a good digital citizen.

How trustworthy is the DQ program?

The DQ program has been put together by a team from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in partnership with Iowa State University from the U.S.A. It is supported by the World Economic Forums (WEF), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), who together formed the Coalition for Digital Intelligence (CDI). Responsible for the care of electronic and computing technologies around the world, the CDI is comprised of members from numerous countries. The objectives of the coalition are to develop digital intelligence and provide a framework for countries to utilize for the benefit of their government, educational institutions and technology service providers. The DQ institute in Singapore is the main developer of the program, while there are currently education ministries and educational institutions in over 100 countries worldwide who are already using the DQ framework to teach infants about the internet.

What benefits will children get from studying DQ?

From 100 + countries worldwide currently teaching the DQ curriculum, it has been found that:

  • DQ teaches children how to use the internet in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Children are more able to manage their screen time.
  • Children have a greater understanding on the issue of interacting with people online, human rights, and personal data protection.
  • The program improves reading and online communication skills.
  • The DQ program produces digital citizens who can empathize with others.
  • The framework builds online harmony.
  • The program encourages parents to support and advise the children under their care on internet matters, while schools have shown an increased understanding and interest in helping to produce digital citizens.
  • DQ can support children in improving their general learning skills.

   Research has shown that children who complete the DQ program score approximately 10% higher on their DQ scores at the same time as reducing their cyber security risk by 15%.

What qualifies children to access the DQ curriculum?

- Aged 8 - 12 years.
- Enjoy watching cartoons, playing games or chatting online each week, while using a PC or smartphone to do so.
- Parents or guardians should be prepared to sacrifice some of their time to be of assistance to their child when they are completing questionnaires or studying a zone of the DQ program, with each zone taking around one hour to complete. Children with a short attention span may quit before finishing the program, so parents should set aside an appropriate amount of time as there are a total of 8 zones altogether.

What will the children need to prepare?

The only 2 equipments necessary are: 1) a tablet, notebook or PC device that is internet compatible, with a screen size of at least 7 inches, and 2) an email address for parents to use during registration.

What topics are included in the DQ program?

The main objectives of DQ are to provide children with the knowledge necessary to become a digital citizen, teaching them to be honest, while thinking, speaking and acting appropriately online. The DQ curriculum consists of 8 zones as follows:

  • Digital Citizen Identity.

  • Screen Time Management.

  • Cyber Bullying Management.

  • Cyber Security Management.

  • Digital Empathy.

  • Digital Footprints.

  • Critical Thinking.

  • Privacy Management.

Is it necessary to study all 8 zones?

Each of the 8 zones contain essential skills which children will require if they are to use the internet safely and intelligently. AIS therefore recommends that parents encourage their children to study all 8 zones, although they can choose the order in which to do so.

How long does the course take to complete?

Children in other countries have taken an average of 1 hour to complete a zone, meaning that all 8 zones may take around 8 hours to complete. Nevertheless, children aged 8-10 may take a little longer to read and practice their skills than those aged 11-12.

What are the steps involved in the application process?

There are 6 steps involved in the application to study the DQ program.

  • Log in at https://www.dqtest.org

  • Parents assist their children to register using the parent’s email address.

  • Ask your child to complete the DQ test which takes around 30 minutes. Parents should be present during this test.

  • Once the DQ test is complete, the results will be sent to the registered email address within 15 minutes.

  • Support your child’s digital intelligence by applying to study the free DQ course at https://www.dqworld.net​. Study and implement the skills across all 8 zones, which will take only around 8-10 hours altogether.

  • Once all 8 zones have been completed, you will receive a DQ score via email. Children who achieve a score of over 100 are categorized as being digitally intelligent and will receive a certificate from DQ world and AIS.

What should I do once my child has complete the 8-zone program?

Parents will receive a DQ individual report detailing the extent to which their child has shown understanding in each of the 8 zones, including their strengths and weaknesses, as well as recommendations for parents.

How can I be sure that my child’s answers and personal data will not be shared for commercial gains?

During the application process, there will be a chance for parents to give AIS and King Mongkut’s University of Technology permission to use the information gathered exclusively for the benefit of research into encouraging digital intelligence for children. AIS will not, under any circumstances, use this information for business purposes.