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Julie Schwartz on July 1, 2008 - 11:10am
Children are tomorrow’s workforce. Therefore, it is imperative that in their education, they receive instruction on necessary digital skills. In order to ensure that children from all backgrounds receive the necessary training to be able to participate in an increasingly digital world, states should promote digital skills as a priority for children. Digital literacy programs should be integrated into classrooms, after-school programs, and at libraries or other places children spend their time. In order to increase digital literacy among children, states should:
- Equip children with digital tools at home. Provide financial incentives to help low-income families acquire home computers and affordable high-speed Internet; and encourage their use at home to pursue educational, health, and other opportunities for youth.
- Support parents in today's technology-based world. Support the development of model digital literacy efforts, and other technology training to help parents guide their children wisely in the online world.