Boosting children’s digital literacy - an urgent task for schools

European CommissionAccording to a study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, using digital technologies for learning in schools improves parents' perceptions of these technologies, which in turn helps children's digital learning and supports a healthier and more meaningful use of digital devices.

This conclusion is based on interviews with 234 families in 21 countries, and states that children’s digital skills develop from a very young age, based on observing and mirroring parents’ and older siblings’ behaviour. Furthermore, developing digital competence as early as kindergarten can help to build critical thinking among children regarding content and devices that they use. Some parents underlined the strategic importance of schools to provide the guidance they need for presenting digital skills to their children.

More information about the study and related EU initiatives can be found on the European Commission’s website.