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Friday, 23 September 2016

The need for Youths to Be Digitally Literate

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"I would like us to understand the meaning of digital literacy and needs for youths to be digitally literates."
Meaning of digital literacy: Digital literacy is the knowledge, skills and behaviors used in a broad of range of digital devices such as smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktops, all of which are seen as network rather than computing devices. Digital literacy initially focused on digital skills and stand-alone computers, but the focus has moved from stand-alone to network devices.
A digitally literate person posses a range of digital skills, knowledge of the basic principle of computing devices, skills in using computer network, an ability to engage in online communities and social networks. While adhering to behavioral protocols, be able to find, capture and evaluate information and understanding of the societal issues raised by digital technologies (such as big data and posses critical thinking skills).
Digital literacy does not replace traditional forms of literacy. it builds upon the foundation of traditional form of literacy. Literacy is the lowest level in a progression that spans literacy, fluency, and mystery from an academic prospective, therefore digital literacy is a part of the computing subject area, alongside computer science and Information Technology. youths are incredibly enthusiastic when it comes to using new technology. Their day to day engagement seems natural and effortless, leading many to believe that youths are expert in all things digital; that they embody the term digital literacy. I want to take a step back and deconstruct the notion that digital literacy is determined by youth proficiency with technology. Today, youths engage to digital tools most often includes texting, Video streaming, and engaging on social media while some are engaging in coding HTML programs outside of school, the majority do not have access to formal guidance on how to use computer software and technology to create and solve problems. They are not necessarily digital literate because digital literacy goes beyond just using and consuming technology. We must recognize that digital literacy does not only include being proficient user of technology but also having an understanding of how it works and skills to create new technology.
In order to be digitally literate in today's media-rich environment, young people needs to develop needs to develop knowledge, value and a whole range of critical thinking, communication and information management skills for the digital age. As increasing numbers of businesses, service processes migrate online citizens who lack digital skills risk being disadvantage when it comes to accessing healthcare and government service and opportunities for employment and civic participation. With an accurate understanding of what digital literacy is and needs for youth to be digitally literate we as a country can then collectively support greater accessibility of computer science and digital experiences to our Youth. #Thinkinnovation, #Thinkdigitalization

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