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Carnegie UK Trust Report Argues Young People Lack Digital Skills, Too Often Seen as ‘Digital Natives’

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A new report from Carnegie UK Trust argues that many young people lack basic digital skills that are essential to succeed in our digital world. The ‘A Digital World for All?’ report considers the problem of digital exclusion, and the risky assumption that all young people are digitally literate. It goes on to make recommendations for measures to build the skills of young people and tackle the challenge.

The report’s recommendations include working better with vulnerable young people, supporting a community of practitioners to support young people, measuring and evaluating digital skills effectively, countering the ‘Digital Native’ narrative and including young people in shaping digital skills projects, and making sure that digital skills development is delivered in formats that work for participants.

ECDL Foundation has been strongly active on the issue of the fallacy of the ‘digital native’, and we have produced a position paper and extensive research on self-perceived digital skills versus actual digital skills. We welcome the Carnegie UK Trust’s report, and hope the addition of another voice to the argument that young people need the opportunity to develop their digital skills, will encourage more action in this area.

The full report can be downloaded from the website of the Carnegie UK Trust. ECDL Foundation’s position paper on the fallacy of the ‘digital native’ can be found on our website.

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