Why students need to know about digital literacy

Digital literacy helps students know how to use the internet safely and responsibly

Digital literacy helps students know how to use the internet safely and responsibly

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) defines digital literacy as “the ability of individuals and communities to understand and use digital technologies for meaningful action in life situations”. With the pandemic accelerating the pace of adoption of digital technology across sectors, students need to know how to use it safely and effectively. Many young people use a range of technology tools, but that doesn’t mean they use the same tools to learn. Here are some ways to teach students about digital literacy:

Promote critical thinking for online content: The Internet is a vast resource containing all kinds of information, which students have easy access to. Therefore, they are more vulnerable to fake news and misinformation. Encourage students to ask questions and finalize answers after comparing information from multiple sources.

Social networks to learn: Most students are active on social networks and know how to use them. They should be aware that platforms like Twitter can be used to conduct research polls and Facebook and LinkedIn can be used to connect with peers.

Avoid plagiarism: Students often quote a quote or paragraph without giving due credit to the original work. They should learn to use quotations and quotations correctly and to support their answers by attributing information to the original author.

Teaching Internet Safety: If personal or sensitive information is stolen, students should know the need for a strong password, what to do when using a public network, what phishing is, and more . Internet theft is a serious problem and digital literacy can help counter it.

Effective use of search engines: Students should learn how to get relevant results for their queries. Techniques such as using “OR” between two search queries can combine the results. A “related” in front of a web address can help to get other similar sites.

Manage digital distractions: Constantly being near digital tools can make a person feel distant and exhausted. Digital literacy can help students learn distraction management techniques such as taking multiple breaks and turning off notifications while studying.

All of this should be taught through concrete examples to make it more effective and to help students in their academic and professional life.

The writer is the CEO and co-founder of CollegeDekho

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