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Digital Literacy- Critical Skill for 21st Century

The American Library Association's digital-literacy task force offers this definition: "Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills."...


Today's children are digital natives. They are born in an era of Technology. As a result, they learn digital skills just like learning a language, without even realizing they are learning it. Today it is not uncommon for a 3-4 year old to have some basic knowledge regarding how to get on to the computer and load a game or play a video.


Acquiring the digital literacy skills will also help participating students acquire following skills which they would need in order to function effectively in digital environments.


GRAPHIC LITERACY
Tasks include working with graphic user interfaces that helps them to “read” naturally and freely, and to understand the instructions and messages represented visually. Students will develop good visual memory and strong thinking, which will help them understand visual messages easily and fluently.

INFORMATION LITERACY
The effort they will put in to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use the information to solve the problem / tasks of COMPUDON Junior exam will help them develop this literacy.

SOCIO-EMOTIONAL LITERACY
Championship for school students from junior classes is based on Microsoft’s Digital Literacy Standard version 4 and while going through the course, students will develop knowledge to avoid “traps” as well as derive benefits from the advantages of digital communication.

Some experts prefer the term "digital literacies," to convey the many facets of what reading and writing in the modern era entails.

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Today’s Kids are at the Center of Exciting Changes & Uncertainty- both at the same time

A generation ago, IT and digital media were niche skills. Today, they are a core competency necessary to succeed in almost all fields....

Let’s face it, Technology is impacting all areas of our lives and this impact is accelerating every day. So much so that Experts are predicting that 90% of the entire population will be connected to the internet within next 10 years. Experts are also predicting that almost 90% jobs of future don’t exist today. With the internet of things, the digital and physical worlds will soon be merged. While these changes announce new & exciting possibilities but at the same time, they are also creating uncertainty & insecurity.

Excitement- because these changes are creating huge opportunities and Insecurity- because our kids are exposed to huge risks at the same time. Risks that are very real, such as, cyberbullying, undesirable, obscene and violent content, radicalization, hacking, identity theft, scams etc. The problem becomes critical because the digital world is changing too much and too fast. And practical issues in updating the school curricula, the slow pace of internet governance and policies for protection of kids is adding to the problem.

We must also be equally concerned about the digital age gap. The usage of technology by kids and by adults is very different which makes it difficult for parents and educators to fully understand & appreciate the risks and threats that kids are exposed to online. As a result, adults are not able to advise children on the safe and responsible use of digital technologies.

So how can we, as parents, educators and leaders, prepare our children for the digital age? Without a doubt, it is critical for us to equip them with skills of the 21st century. As Parents, educators & leaders, we must use encourage our kids to acquire the digital skills and skills of the 21st century. And championships such as COMPUDON JUNIOR solve part of the puzzle by giving kids the needed digital literacy skills.

Credits: World Economic Forum Report July 2019