by AAP/Getty imagesThe Australian government is looking at how it can teach its young people how to use social media to communicate effectively, and has been looking at ways to promote its own digital literacy, according to a report released this week.
The report, written by the Australian Academy of Information Technology (AACT), has found that digital literacy is a growing trend across all sectors of the economy, and it is the most important tool in the toolbox for Australians.
The study, which was conducted by the National Centre for Digital Literacy, found that more than one-third of all adults (34 per cent) had not heard of the term “digital literacy”, and that nearly one-in-five adults (18 per cent), had no idea what digital literacy means.
While digital literacy has been in high demand by employers, students and students themselves, the report found that only a third of students aged 13 to 24 (29 per cent).
More than a quarter of Australians aged 55 to 64 (24 per cent of them) were unaware that digital communication is part of their education, and only 9 per cent had heard of digital literacy.
The AACT report also found that Australians were significantly more likely to be concerned about the safety of their social media posts (62 per cent compared to only 23 per cent in the US).
It also found a lack of awareness about digital communication in general among Australian society, with only 37 per cent believing that social media was “safe”.
The report also pointed out that while many of the recommendations made in the report are aimed at improving digital literacy across the economy and government, there is no evidence that this is happening.
According to the report, only 29 per cent (29%) of the Australian population knew what the word “digital” meant, and just 15 per cent understood what “social media” was.
The lack of knowledge about digital literacy also impacts online content, where just 18 per cent, or less than one in five, were aware that people were sharing information through social media, with more than half of those (54 per cent ) not knowing what that term meant.
According the report:Social media is an increasingly important tool for sharing information and engaging with others.
As a result, the role of digital information technology is to provide people with an opportunity to share and engage with other people in a positive, supportive and engaging way.
While there is a range of options available to Australians for improving their digital literacy and knowledge, the AACT has recommended that social networks, websites, apps and other services should be accessible to everyone regardless of the age of the individual.
The Australian Information Technology Council (AITC) is the federal government body that manages and oversees digital literacy in Australia, and provides a range on how digital literacy can be developed and delivered across all parts of the organisation.