Embracing Digital Literacy — What is it, and why is it essential for our children?


The definition of literacy has evolved. In the past, someone who could read and write was considered to be a literate person. We now live in a world that is both enhanced and burdened by technological advancements. Digital media is now an integral part of our lives. The ability to read and write remains essential however it is no longer enough. To successfully navigate the rapidly changing world digital literacy skills are a must.

The American Library Association defines Digital literacy as ‘the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.’ In simple terms, digital literacy is the set of skills required to find, analyse, sort, evaluate, create and manage information in all digital forms.

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