In the current EU panorama, where digital skills and competences are at stake due to their relevance within the labour market reality, the concept of ‘virtual citizenship and identity” is steadily growing in importance. In the race for web presence and online visibility, most citizens are forgetting about the dangers and risks – along with the opportunities – that our online habits can have. The DIGIT Project idea was born from the concerns of adult educators, adults and other relevant stakeholders such as digital experts and public body representatives about the current digital challenges our society faces in terms of digital literacy. ‘DIGIT’ – ‘Boost Competences for a responsible use of online identity’ is a two-year European project funded under Erasmus+ KA2 ‘Strategic partnerships’ and coordinated by Polish company INnCREASE together with partners stemming from seven different countries (Belgium, Spain, UK, Poland, Greece, Italy and Slovenia).
Within this initiative called to raise awareness among European citizens about their responsibilities as digital users and improve their competences and skills, partners have developed a DIGIT MANIFESTO. This document, resulting from partners’ research and information gathered through local focus groups, includes tips for learners on how to stay safe online; guidelines for adult educators on how to use the training materials developed during the upcoming months, a glossary with the most relevant concepts and terms and additional resources related to digital footprint.
In a world where digital skills and competences are as vital as literacy and numeracy, we need digitally competent people who are able to find, evaluate, produce and communicate clear information online in a safe manner. In line with this, and aiming at raising awareness about the concept of Digital Footprint and the lack of knowledge of the implications it can have for individuals and in our daily lives, the DIGIT MANIFESTO is meant to be a useful support tool for both adults and adult educators in becoming and helping other become more digitally literate.
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