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A survey last year by my organization of 38,000 children across 29 countries (see go.nature.com/2fgrnnp), revealed that more than 50% of 8–12-year-olds were exposed to at least one cyber-related threat such as technology addiction, cyber-bullying or identity theft (see also C. Odgers Nature554, 432–434; 2018). One solution is to teach children how to develop digital intelligence (DQ) — a set of social, emotional and cognitive capabilities that helps them to minimize the risks and pressures of digital media and to maximize its opportunities.