Digital Education Action Plan
Action 7: Common guidelines for teachers and educators to foster digital literacy and tackle
In October 2022, the Commission launched a Guidelines for teachers and educators to foster digital literacy and tackle disinformation through education and training
The aims of the Guidelines:
- Address the importance of digital literacy: Recognize the increasing significance of digital literacy in today's digitalized world and the need for individuals to be confident, knowledgeable, and critical in the digital realm.
- Respond to disinformation challenges: Acknowledge the rise in challenges related to the spread of disinformation and harmful content, particularly during times of crisis, and the impact on democracies and individual well-being.
- Emphasize the need for digital literacy skills: Highlight the necessity of digital literacy skills, such as distinguishing between factual and false information, managing information overload, and navigating online safely, as identified by respondents in various surveys.
- Recognize the role of education and training: Acknowledge the crucial role of education and training in equipping citizens with critical thinking skills to make informed judgments in the online world, considering the influence of algorithms, information bubbles, and echo chambers.
- Support teachers and educators: Provide guidance and practical examples to support teachers and educators in promoting digital literacy and addressing disinformation, catering to both primary and secondary teachers with or without specialist knowledge of digital education.
The Guidelines aim to provide hands-on guidance, practical tips, and activity plans for teachers and educators to effectively promote digital literacy and combat disinformation. They were developed in collaboration with experts from various fields to ensure comprehensive and well-informed recommendations.