The Nature of Digital literacy is to ensure we develop our skills to function in a digital world. Being digitally literate affects every aspect of our lives from functioning as a citizen, being social and communicating with our friends and family to improving ourselves and discovering new things. It is also about being proficient with common technologies, tools and techniques, the ability to use transferable skills, and the ability to build on, adapt and learn new skills.
People can participate in a variety of activities and social associations, whether through digital media or not. Digital literacy is fast becoming an every day part of everyone's life, not just with young people, with adults too and helps with productivity and social interactions.
The impact of not being digitally literate could mean that individuals feel isolated, not included, or even that technology is passing them by and could mean tasks become more difficult as a result of this.
The factors that motivate young people and adults to want to gain digital literacy skills could be wanting to catch up with school friends (facebook), communicating with loved ones (text, whatsapp), carrying out a video call with family members and friends in different parts of the world (skype/facetime), or wanting to be able to create documents, answer emails, or pay bills online.
GOV.UK's Digital Literacy Strategy
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