Digital,Digital Literacy,Essential Skills

The role of digital literacy in the lives of adults and young people.

19 Feb , 2015  

What Role Does Digital Literacy Play in our Lives?

IMG_2138How about me?Technology plays a huge part of my life: I am constantly updating and growing my network on twitter, learning code so I can keep up in meetings with IT solutions  companies, but what about everyman? What about you?

That’s different to every day though I’m not on about code here, so I went out for a day and noted all the tiny little daily digital ‘things’ I did, I got as far as my first coffee, but what does that say?

Here goes:

1. Wake up to the alarm I’ve told Siri to set.

2. Make a coffee with the barcode reading coffee machine (sometimes tea).

3. Look on Instagram, possibly post but definitely comment on posts and keep up to date with the conversations on there.

4. Plan blog posts and tweets, check stats (more fun than you think).

5. Look at my integrated calendars, adjust if necessary.

6. Check online to see what day they pick which recycling up, it’s a mystery I’ll never work out!

7. Delete people for retweeting Katie Hopkins or sharing inappropriate material on Facebook. (Try it for a pleasant facebook experience).

8. Pin interesting articles and American cosmetics on a variety of boards, scroll down for more serious things.


I’m only halfway through my coffee here! Before I start intimidating people with an epic list I am going to stop and ask you how many times do you use ICT, ‘tech’ gadgets,, things, web, without even realising?

Let me know in the comments below!

What about for other adults and young people?

The role of DL #1For young people gives them the ability to engage fully in school and education by using refined digital literacy skills to find reliable information from authentic sources.

For the parents, it means hat they can take a more involved role in their child’s education. This could mean that they can log into learning accounts, take note of progress and maintain a conversation with the class teacher on applications such as Edmodo.

For charities, voluntary organisations

Digital literacy is now fundamental to small businesses and voluntary sector organisations. The systems allow for flexible working methodologies, such as logging in via a Virtual Private Network [VPN] or using digital collaboration tools. For example, Google drive and Dropbox applications such as Hackpad and notebooks. This means that they can cut costs of paying fuel expenses, I have heard: 500 miles per employee per year! In turn making our country more environmentally friendly!

For businesses

Businesses that can do transactions online form part of an 18 million pound industry of eCommerce which is thriving which in turn benefits the organisation by allowing them to network on a much larger scale than local network meeting arrangements. Servers can be anywhere in the world, and you can connect from anywhere in the world so you can have a global business from anywhere in the world, that means here in Wales too!

For families young and old

teaching via the medium of FaceTime

teaching via the medium of FaceTime

It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, it helps families (digital natives or not) all over the world keep in touch with video calling, skype and FaceTime. These devices are so accessible, skype accommodates good communication via sign language and there are many tools available to assist people in using this wide variety of devices.


Digital skills, whether young or old, are always developing and updating like the applications people are becoming accustomed to using every day. This could be taxing their car or keeping up with family in far-flung locations across the world to indexing blood pressure on a new machine to scheduling meetings with the doodle app.

 How many digital things do you do during your first coffee of the day?

Don’t forget to comment below!

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