From The Bookseller:
A group of Lords has called on the government to make digital literacy sit alongside reading, writing and mathematics as a “fourth pillar” of education.
The Lords Communications Committee report “Growing Up With The Internet” has demanded intervention “at the highest level of government” after hearing evidence that the internet does not take sufficient account of the fact that the needs of children are different to those of adults.
The current regime of self–regulation is “underperforming”, it said.
The committee said that digital literacy -the skills and knowledge to critically understand the internet – is vital for children to navigate the online world and should sit alongside reading, writing and mathematics “as the fourth pillar of a child’s education”.
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“It is no longer sufficient to teach digital skills in specialist computer science classes to only some pupils,” the report said. “We recommend that digital literacy sit alongside reading, writing and mathematics as the fourth pillar of a child’s education; and that no child should leave school without a well-rounded understanding of the digital world.”
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