What is Digital Literacy?
Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information. There is no question that computers will become ever more important in our lives, and the pandemic has only accelerated that process. Today, the ability to use technology is just as important as the ability to read and write.
Facts and Figures
- Around 84% of jobs in Canada currently require the use of a computer and basic technical skills. (ABC Life Literacy)
- Job growth in Information and Communications Technology fields are growing far faster than the overall economy. (ABC Life Literacy)
- Education can make a big impact. Those with a high school diploma but no further education fall right at the average, whereas someone with an associates degree or higher are found to be 95% digitally literate. (The Indianapolis Recorder)
Why is Digital Literacy Important?
Today, the internet is a key source of information which is continually making other sources obsolete. In the future, technology will be even more deeply involved in the ways we work, play and live. This increased use of technology comes with risks such as inaccessibility, security issues, and cyber bullying. Since nearly all important facets of life will requires digital skills, equipping people with the skills to effectively and responsibly find, evaluate, communicate, and share online content will be essential for creating healthy communities.