What is the Digital Literacy: Skill Training for Kids & Teens?
The purpose of the Digital Literacy: Skill Training for Kids & Teens program is to educate children and teenagers about the potential risks and benefits of using social media. Through this program, we aim to provide children with the knowledge and skills they need to safely and responsibly navigate the online world at their age.
The event - An Overview
Digismartkids Digital Literacy Training for Kids and Teens was made possible by the collaboration between BSIT and BSCS students from the University of San Agustin. The event took place in a video conference through google meet and was held for two days during the month of December 2022. The aim of the event was to spread digital literacy and awareness among young teens, specifically around the ages of 13 to 15 years old. By enlightening these young participants about what truly underlies the world of digital and social media, we the instigators and coordinators of the event believe that we can prepare them for the dangers and pitfalls they may face one day.
The underlying problem
The importance of digital literacy cannot be overstated. According to recent statistics, more than 5.07 billion people use the internet, which makes up a whopping 63.5 percent of the global population today! These numbers are only expected to grow further into the future, and eventually, everyone in the world will have access to this information superhighway. However, this of course comes at a cost. With so many young people having access to the internet, it’s going to be quite worrisome to think about all the dangers they may come across online.
According to the Philippine Institute of Development Studies(PIDS) in 2021, only about 40 percent of Filipinos actually possess at least one of the ICT skills based on the standards set of the Sustainable Development Goals. Only 58 percent of employers in the whole country said that they were able to provide digital skills training for their employees. To top it off, digital literacy tends to be the lowest among those between the ages of 10 to 14 years old and those who are 65 years old and above.
In order to overcome whatever issue they may come across in the future, children need to be taught how to be self-sufficient, confident, and become well-distinguished users of technology. Following that, they must be able to acquire and develop critical and analytical attitudes in order to be able to use whatever tool or knowledge they are given for specific situations and circumstances. Otherwise, they’ll not only fall behind, but also will be in great danger when they encounter certain things on the internet that they do not understand.