Ofcom explores digital literacy in latest report
Ofcom have released their latest report; Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes, which shows how digital literacy, attitudes and understanding among children between the ages of 3-17 changed in 2022.
In the report, a majority of children (66%) believed social media ‘helps them feel closer to their friends’ and viewed social media as a more positive experience than in previous years. The report also considered how children between the ages of 12-17 identified genuine and fake content on social media, with nearly a quarter of children (23%) being unable to identify a fake profile.
The report highlights the need for a continuous focus on digital literacy to combat negative feelings and misinformation on social media, as a third of children ‘believed all or most of what they saw on social media to be accurate and true.’
Digital literacy is essential for supporting children’s growth online, and the UK Safer Internet Centre has created a series of resources for educators to use to assist young people identifying reliable information online.