What is digital literacy?

BCS Digital Literacy for Life Programme provides clear definition

7 October 2013

The BCS Digital Literacy for Life programme (DLfL), launched last week, has produced a definition of digital literacy which it hopes will be adopted by government, educators and employers.

The programme, supported by a wide range of organisations including Prince’s Trust, Shaw Trust, Union Learn and Digital Unite, has defined digital literacy to mean:

‘Those capabilities that mean an individual is fit for living, learning and working in a digital society. Digital literacy is about being able to make use of technologies to participate in and contribute to modern social, cultural, political and economic life.

It covers:

  • Understanding the impact of new technologies on society
  • Understanding and being able to manage digital identities appropriately
  • Being able to locate, organise, understand, evaluate, analyse and present digital information’

Richard French from the Institute explains: “One of our aims is to help those involved in delivering digital literacy understand what this really means; what do employers mean, what do individuals need in order to operate in today’s information society, what should school children be learning.”

The programme’s information hub, which is aimed at government, employers and educators, features resources, news and best practice information. The group will also be hosting a series of activities aimed at furthering and informing the debate on the subject.

The programme will work to ensure that:

  • schools are encouraged to include plans for delivering digital literacy across curricula in addition to inclusion through the new Computing curriculum
  • employers are fully informed about the value that a digitally literate employee adds to productivity and overall job performance

Further details about the programme can be found at: http://dlfl.bcs.org

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