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The importance of digital literacy and the digital divide that exists in our society

Updated: Oct 26, 2023


As we move further into the digital age, it is increasingly important for individuals to possess digital literacy skills to navigate the world around them. Unfortunately, not everyone has equal access to digital resources and opportunities. As a result, some individuals are left behind and unable to compete in today's job market.

As someone who has had the privilege of growing up with digital products, I had never fully realized the extent of this digital divide until I began volunteering as a digital literacy tutor. Through my experiences, I have met people who have missed out on job opportunities simply because they lacked the necessary digital literacy skills to navigate job websites.

Children from low-income families may also lack access to the same digital resources and opportunities as their peers, and seniors may struggle with mobility, hearing, and visual impairments, making technology difficult to use. Developing countries may also face limited access to technology and digital education resources.


Fortunately, there are initiatives and strategies in place to bridge this digital divide. These include providing access to subsidized technology and digital education for children from low-income families, making technology more accessible and user-friendly for seniors, and offering online courses and digital mentorship programs for individuals in developing countries.


Author:


Seonyoung Chloe:

She is dedicated to promoting digital literacy through her writing, fuelled by a passion for leveraging technology to create positive social impact and bridging the digital divide.

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