In an era of new digital media and technologies reshaping the world around us it’s indispensable to equip young people with the skills to safely navigate digital media. Dr Yuhyun Park coined the term Digital Intelligence Quotient (DQ) to describe a set of technical, cognitive, and socio-emotional abilities enabling people to face the challenges of digital life more safely and efficiently.
Similarly, supporting young autistic people to master these skills is important in order to keep them safe and responsible when using digital technologies.
1. Digital citizen identity: Establish an online identity in a healthy way and with integrity.
2. Screen time management: Self-control engagement in social media, games and similar online activities.
3. Cyberbullying management: Detect and handle cyberbullying appropriately.
4. Cybersecurity management: Protect personal data such as passwords.
5. Privacy management: Share personal information wisely to protect one’s and others’ privacy.
6. Critical thinking: Distinguish between true and false information, good and harmful content, and trustworthy and questionable contacts online.
7. Digital footprints: Understand the notion of digital footprints and their real-life consequences and manage them responsibly.
8. Digital empathy: Show empathy towards needs and feelings of other technology users
What do you think? How useful are these skills and what are the challenges young autistic people face when using digital technology? Tell us in the comments section.
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