What is a Digital World?

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Living in a digital world is interpreted differently by many people. In my first week of study we learnt about the digital world and the differences between digital natives and digital immigrants (Howell, 2012). I would interpret a digital world as the one most of us in the western world live day to day.

Mobile phones are a great example, as  in Australia alone nearly 90% of the population have a smart phone (Rogers, 2015). I can’t remember the last time I went a day without using my phone for either Facebook, YouTube or an App. We use digital devices every day to pass the time, to stay connected and to find unknown destinations. Most of our entertainment in today’s western society is achieved by using a digital device. It is possible for us to live in today’s society without ever leaving our homes. We can buy virtually anything online, including groceries, and have them delivered to our door. That makes this world digital.

28006396-unidentified-passengers-use-their-mobile-phones-in-a-subway-train-mobile-phones-and-tablets-are-usedIn our education system, nearly every child has their own laptop by the time they are in high school.  Educators are being trained in all the ways that technology can be used and implemented into teaching. During my research I discovered that there needs to be a firm respect for technology in regards to security and privacy, and  in monitoring which personal details we share when online. If we are to safely succeed in a world of digital technology then we need to be taught how to protect ourselves. In Australia it is recognised that student well being and safety are essential for academic and social development. The department of education ensures cyber safety education is available in all Australian schools for all members of the school community (Australian Government, Department of Education and Training, 2014). However, it has been my personal experience that children have a lack of awareness regarding privacy and security, and require continual supervision and support when using online digital devices.

References

Australian Government, Department of Education and Training (July 2014). Retrieved from https://www.education.gov.au/cybersafety-schools

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. Chapter 1, Page 6.

Kilpatrick, G. (2013). Smart online success, Retrieved from: http://smartonlinesuccess.com/the-internet-in-60-seconds/

Rogers, E. (Feb 2015). Survey sheds light on how many Australians use smartphones. Retrieved from http://www.hapticgeneration.com.au/survey-tells-us-how-australians-use-smartphones-and-tablets/

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