Digital Literacy Month: Digital Literacy from A to Z

A: Apps

Apps are great when you’re on the go. You can order dinner, check the latest news, even stay in touch with friends and work. Just make sure you’re protecting your privacy when you download and use apps: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-protect-your-privacy-apps

B: Banking

Online banking is typically a safe and convenient way to manage your money – but there are risks involved. Fortunately, most of those risks are avoidable by following basic safety guidelines. Commit these ones to heart if you handle your finances online: https://www.fool.com/the-ascent/banks/articles/online-banking-safety-tips-you-should-know/

C: Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying takes many forms, and with so many social media channels to keep track of, it’s hard to know if your child is involved either as a bully or a victim. One of the best things you can do is have an open, honest conversation with your child about cyberbullying – what it is, why it’s so harmful, and what to do about it. Learn more: https://www.positiveparentingsolutions.com/parenting/cyberbullying

D: Downloading

Downloading and uploading files is an important internet skill to learn. Downloading allows you to save important information to your device, while uploading lets you share your content with others. Get the basics here: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/internetbasics/downloading-and-uploading/1/

E: Elements of Digital Literacy

Digital literacy involves many elements, and they can be subject to change in the ever-evolving landscape of the internet. This TED Talk by educator and researcher Doug Belshaw suggests one framework for the elements of digital literacy while emphasizing the need to be flexible and adapt to changes over time: https://eavi.eu/portfolio-items/5008/

F: Footprint

What is a digital footprint, and why does it matter? Your digital footprint is basically the trail you leave through your online use…the websites you visit, information you share, and interactions you have on social media. Learn more about digital footprints and how to make sure yours is what you want: https://www.netsafe.org.nz/digital-footprint/

G: Gaming

Video games aren’t all bad – they help kids unwind, connect with friends, and have fun. But as every parent knows, it’s easy for a child to spend so much time gaming that they miss out on person-to-person interaction, exercise and other interests. Here are some guidelines for setting limits you and your child can live with: https://childmind.org/article/healthy-limits-on-video-games/#:~:text=Put%20clear%20limits%20on%20your,less%20on%20non%2D%20school%20days.

H: Hackers

Don’t get hacked! Hackers use plenty of tricks to try to invade your online life and access your private information, but there are almost always red flags you can watch for. Learn some of the most common ones and use them to stay protected online: https://sectigostore.com/blog/how-to-prevent-hacking-15-proven-tricks-to-avoid-hacking/

I: Images – Spot a Fake!

A picture is worth a thousand words…until it isn’t. Photo-editing tools are readily available, so just about anyone can use them to manipulate an image into something it’s not. This can be innocent – like fixing a bad hair day – but it can also be used to harm others or promote false information. Learn how to look at photos and spot a fake: https://www.makeuseof.com/ways-to-easily-identify-manipulated-images/

J: Job Hunting