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What are digital skills and how can a child use them in the future?

Interest in studies, creativity and the ability to speak in public are all familiar skills that we developed at school and university. It was when we drew in contour maps, answered at the board or wrote independent projects. Young people are now required to have completely different competencies - so-called digital skills. We talked to Konantin Klumotsky, the senior Kodland School Methodist.

1. Digital existence

These days we get the first impression of a person by entering their profile only by looking at the name and the photo. You have to understand that online communication is just like live communication. You can’t write to a stranger without introducing yourself and demand an instant response. You have to be honest and benevolent on the internet and that’s the first thing a child has to know.

2. Time management by screen

Games on the phone, social networking, watching Youtube, online lessons. All these screen activities have measurements. Children need to be able to find a healthy balance and plan their own day so that they have time to play, learn and relax. You’ll need multi-tasking and time management skills and the ability to focus only on your chosen case.

3. How to deal with cyberbullying

Other users, most often anonymous, may leave unpleasant comments under the photos, lead to violent discussions or provoke mutual insults. Children need to be able to identify these situations and not be involved in conflicts. The first step to online security is a closed profile in a social network.

4. Privacy management

Friends often share news, secrets or personal photos. Young people should treat other people’s private data very carefully. They should not post personal information on social networks that might offend or harm others' reputations, and keep correspondence secret. The rule works the other way around. You don’t have to give strangers confidential information about yourself on the Internet.

5. Critical thinking

A modern person should be able to analyze more information he sees on the Internet. Critical thinking skills will help distinguish between reliable and dubious sources, choose good and harmful content and evaluate work impartially.

6. Cybersecurity management

A random subscription to an unreliable service or click at an ad banner promising a reward may end with an attacker on the computer. Children need to be able to protect their data on the Internet using antivirus and other tools. They should be responsible about registering on sites and not sharing passwords with card data.Today, children use a school journal that stores homework and tests. In the future they will have work accounts with important projects.

Schoolchildren spend an average of seven hours a day on entertainment media, including television sets, computers, telephones and the way they use technology, distinguishing them from adults. This gap prevents parents and educators from fully understanding the risks and threats that children may face online. Talk to your kid about the digital skills of the future and tell him how to behave and secure themselves online.