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The Importance of Digital Literacy

13th Nov 2017

Today’s young people are born into a world where advanced technology exists and unlike their parents and many educators, have never experienced a world without it.

For this ‘Cyber Savvy’ generation, the ‘right’ and ability to use technology manifests itself in a myriad of ways with young people learning, communicating, socialising and gaming through, with and because of technology. However, with rights come responsibilities and as we promote the use of technology, it is important to highlight the responsibilities that must come in tandem with these rights.

Technology is here to stay and is an amazing resource.  When used in a learning environment, if used correctly and creatively, Technology can be a valuable resource and support all forms of learning abilities. In lessons/lectures, visual learners can follow with illustrations on tablets or computers and audio learners can record the lecture for later review.

But like many things, Technology is easily abused and misused. In today’s world of cyber-bullying, selfies, photo-shopped and airbrushed images, if we are allowing our children use of and access to these tools, they are able to use them safely and respectfully and this is why Digital Literacy is so important.

It will teach them to understand that not everything they see and read online is the truth, help them to overcome the challenges they may face when using technology and to understand that social norms also apply to online behaviour.

By ensuring our young people understand how to behave respectfully and responsibly online, we can encourage empathy, insights into their behaviour and problem-solving strategies, as well as building a positive and empathic ethos and a powerful way to inspire change.

BulliesOut are very proud to be supporting Anti-Bullying week with Promethean Ltd as there is such a strong link between technology and online bullying. They have written an excellent article ‘Digital Literacy in the Classroom – How Important is it?

Digital literacy in the classroom. How important is it?

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