Our Motivation and Mission

The impact of digital childhood is profound. While the benefits are many, and well documented, so are the challenges. Sedentary screen-time, exposure to age-inappropriate content, cyberbullying, trolling and grooming – these are common, almost everyday experiences, for many vulnerable children in the online space.

Every child has right to learn the skills to enter digital-life as well-protected and as safe as possible. And that’s the DiGii Social mission. We’re empowering children in their formative pre-teen years how to look after themselves and others online. It’s a big mission – but one so vital that lives are depending on it.

We invite you to join us and to be a force for change, empowerment and digital-education of all our young people because they, and we, deserve nothing less.

Claire Orange

Director & Co-Founder

Hi, I’m Claire and I’m so pleased that you’re here, finding out more about digital-life protection for children. As a therapist of 27 years and a mum of 4 young men, I have seen firsthand the devastation caused by poor digital choices, too much screen-time, cyberbullying, trolling and grooming of young people online. I am driven to be part of the solution with our incredible innovation, DiGii Social, that’s all-locations-accessible, fun and contemporary digital-life education for pre-teen children.

Improving the wellbeing of children and their families is my life’s purpose. I appear weekly as Channel 9’s resident wellbeing expert and regularly appear on screens and radios across Australia. I am a proud Ambassador for R U OK? and the Valuing Children Initiative.

Doug Orange

Technical Lead & Co-Founder

Hi, I’m Doug. As the Technical Lead, I provide technical leadership and decision making for the DiGii Social software platform and work closely with the development team.

I have spent 27 years working in Information Technology in a number of roles across industries nationally and internationally. My career has covered many aspects of IT service provision including software development, solution architecture, mobile application development and deployment and cloud solution architecture.

As Claire and raise our 4 sons, we have come to understand just how much they know – and just how little we know as parents raising digital natives – despite our backgrounds. We’re dedicated to combining our unique skillsets to help every child, parent and teacher be ready and prepared for digital life.

Timothy Orange

Creative Lead

Timothy is a talented graphic designer. He has worked on a range of designs for many corporates and enjoys the challenge of communicating their unique message through his design work. He’s dedicated to the DiGii Social mission to educate young people in their formative years. 

Leon Nancarrow

Lead Media Producer

Leon has worked from local news to documentaries to freelance animation. He is passionate about educating through the medium of video, and as a young person himself, believes in setting up the next generation in a safe online environment.

Maggie Dent

DiGii Social Ambassador

Commonly known as the ‘queen of common sense’, Maggie Dent has become one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience. Maggie is the author of six major books, including the bestselling 2018 release Mothering Our Boys and her 2020 release From Boys to Men. She hosts the ABC podcast, Parental As Anything. Maggie is a dedicated advocate to quietly changing lives in our families and communities. She is the mother of four sons and a very grateful grandmother.

Ashlee Harrison

DiGii Social Ambassador

Ashlee Harrison is the 2016 Young Western Australian of the Year. She was recognised for her role as the CEO & Founder of mental health charity; zero2hero Inc.Over the past 10 years, zero2hero has become widely recognised and respected for their programs and work in the youth mental health and suicide prevention space.

Today, Ashlee leads a team of 6 staff and hundreds of volunteers to impact more than 22,000 young West Australian’s from more than 100 WA High Schools every year.

Social media has the capacity to escalate an individual’s potential or to crush it completely. Making poor choices can impact others and research has shown this personal pain can create long term metal health challenges. DiGii teaches our pre-adolescents how to be capable, responsible digital citizens and I believe it will quite simply save precious lives. Every primary school needs DiGii to be available for their students to prepare them to be caring responsible digital citizens.

Social media has benefited my life and my business in many ways, however it has also caused many issues for me and my friends. I am fortunate that social media did not exist in its current form when I was young, therefore I am incredibly glad that a platform like DiGii is available for young people today and eventually my daughters. Learning first-hand how to use social media is crucial when supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

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