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The tech literacy paradox

Young people grow up surrounded by technology

But today, too many have no idea how it all works - and don't fully appreciate how it will shape their futures.

Young people may look like savvy digital natives, but their knowledge is only screen-deep.

They are too often passive consumers, not active creators.

This is the tech literacy paradox.

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Why does it matter?

It's a critical national agenda because tech is shaping the modern world 

 

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PROVIDING SOLUTIONS

to some of society's major challenges 

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DRIVING GROWTH

of economies all over the world 

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CREATING A MORE OPEN GOVERNMENT

and more engaged citizens 

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TACKLING DISADVANTAGED

and building more inclusive societies 

 

There's already a social and economic cost to the nation 

 

 

12m people don't have the skills to thrive in the digital era

£63 of GDP per year is lost to the UK economy due to digital skills shortages

 

 

Young people have misconceptions about technology 

 

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GEEKY AND NICHE

kids often think words like programming and algorithm are nerdy

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NOT RELEVANT

kids think tech is separate from their future and the things they love 

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IT'S TOO DIFFICULT

emphasis on coding seen as hard or scary 

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A WASTE OF TIME

kids often get mixed messages between limiting screen time and embracing technology 

 

We need to build a culture of tech literacy, so that young people can face the future confidently - and make the most of tech's power to shape their lives.

What can we do about it? 

 

Enabling teachers and parents to show the next generation the way

Enabling teachers and parents to show the next generation the way

 

Inspiring and empowering young people to find tech relevant and interesting

Inspiring and empowering young people to find tech relevant and interesting

Equipping schools to use tech effectively

Equipping schools to use tech effectively

 

 

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