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The Fallacy of the ‘Digital Native’: Why Young People Need to Develop their Digital Skills

Lingua: EN

Inviato da Austeja Trinkunaite

‘Digital native' is a term increasingly used in public discourse to describe the generations of young people who grow up surrounded by digital technologies. The term suggests that young people intuitively know how to use technology and hence have no need for digital education or training. This paper outlines the issues connected with this assumption and provides evidence to demonstrate that it is a dangerous fallacy. Young people do not inherently possess the skills for safe and effective use of technologies, and skills acquired informally are likely to be incomplete. The failure to provide youth with a complete set of skills in a formal manner leads to a new digital divide between digital lifestyle skills and digital workplace skills. The lack of proficiency in the tools needed for today's workforce contributes to an increasingly lost generation, who are unable to realise their full potential as learners, employees, entrepreneurs or citizens using digital technologies.

Autore/i della risorsa: 
ECDL Foundation
Data di pubblicazione:
Giovedì, 1 Gennaio, 2015
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