Ofcom Media Use and Attitudes report – Conclusions and Our Learners
During the week, Ofcom released their latest report – Children and Adults Media use and attitudes report 2012.
Some of the main headlines that attracted attention were:
Over a third of 3-4 years olds are helped to go online using a desktop PC, laptop or netbook and 6% go online via a tablet computer!
Children who use the internet mostly alone comprise one in seven internet users aged 5-7 (14%), one in four aged 8-11 (24%) and over half of those aged 12-15 (55%)
While most children would tell someone if they encountered something inappropriate, a minority were unsure or would not tell anyone
Lack of confidence in using the internet is an issue for a number of parents, and the risks of grooming, cyber-bullying or access to inappropriate content are not always front-of-mind for many parents.
UK-wide reports like this one from Ofcom are vital to raise awareness of the lack of confidence and digital skills amongst different age groups. As Library and Information Professionals working in FE, this report also provides supporting evidence for the levels of help that we are required to provide to both learners and tutors on a daily basis. It confirms some of the conclusions regarding the skills sets of learners and tutors surveyed at the beginning of the project – across all the partner organisations – and further highlights the need for Digital Literacy programmes in education.
Digital Literacy is not simply about knowing which tools are most appropriate to use and understanding how to use them to best effect – it is also about developing an awareness of your Digital Footprint and how to manage your identity online, learning the etiquette of communicating in an online world and what it means to be a citizen in our Information Society.
Some additional resources that have been developed and curated as part of the PADDLE project include supporting material for the ESafety pages on Moodle in Grwp Llandrillo Menai. They help to support tutors and learners with :
– Esafety/Digital Footprint Class resources (videos, discussion points, quizzes, handouts and crib sheets)
– Esafety handouts with top tips
– Sources to find support
– Information for parents
– Esafety resources created by learners with disabilities and learning difficulties
– Esafety resources created by referred/excluded learners
– Safer online shopping information
– Spotting fakes and fraud online
– Basic media literacy awareness
We also add content regularly to our favourite E-Safety webpages list – http://delicious.com/llandrillo_library/esafety .
This is an important part of what the LLTS team here in Grwp Llandrillo Menai can deliver in their supporting role with in the College, but providing information like this is vital to give learners a solid foundation to their Digital Literacy activities online.