The Use, Understand & Create framework includes over 50 lessons and interactive games, organized by grade level from Kindergarten to Grade 8, that are aligned with six key aspects of digital literacy:
Finding and Verifying: Search and authentication rank first among the digital literacy skills students most want to learn: students will gain an understanding of the Internet as a valuable source of information while recognizing the many pitfalls of online information.
Ethics and Empathy:
One of the key features of digital media is their interactivity
. Students will learn to recognize the “empathy traps” that may prevent them from feeling empathy towards others online and how to manage their own emotions when communicating online.
Privacy and Security: Students will gain skills to actively manage their privacy online, deciding both what to share and with whom to share it – while keeping in mind that it’s never entirely possible to control who will see the content that we post.
Digital Health: Students will learn strategies for balancing screen time with offline time, accessing information on physical and mental health and healthy sexuality, and dealing with online representations of gender, diversity, and body image.
Consumer Awareness: Children are heavily advertised to online and the most popular sites are often highly commercialized. Students will learn to recognize, deconstruct and respond to online marketing and understand when their privacy is infringed upon.
Community Engagement: Digital media provide unique opportunities for youth to become involved, to speak out, and to effect change both online and offline. Students will understand how digital citizenship brings with it not just responsibilities but rights as well.