Digital Literacy as a Factor for Sustainable Society

Abstract

Digital literacy should be seen as directly related to the strengthening of information and communication technology. The integration of information and communication technologies into education at all levels and in all areas of training requires the development of skills and competencies related to the knowledge and use of digital media. The present paper explores digital literacy representing different aspects of the person who is responsible for how technology is used. The analysis argues that digital literacy contributes to the development of social sustainability and personal skills. Digital literacy included both basic skills needed to use the Internet and the skills required for understanding and creating online content. The research project “Digital Media Literacy in the context of "Knowledge Society": state and challenges” carried out in 2019 with team leader V. Milenkova, used the self-assessment method to measure digital skills and applied to 232 young people (18-40 years) randomly selected. The most frequently used indicators in measuring digital literacy include skills for finding information, communicating, creating content, critical thinking, etc. The results obtained revealed that young people use the Internet anywhere and feel confident in creating different digital content and on-line products. They are aware of the new dangers of emerging hybrid media wars and see the role of the digital media literacy in this direction. The paper reveals that digital literacy is a sign of sustainable knowledge society, which includes media, technology and communications, and their impact on the social environment.



Author Information
Valentina Milenkova, South-West University, Bulgaria
Dilyana Keranova, South-West University, Bulgaria
Dobrinka Peicheva, South-West University, Bulgaria

Paper Information
Conference: ACAH2020
Stream: Media Arts Practices: Television

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