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The Fallacy of the ‘Digital Native’ – New ECDL Foundation Position Paper

Published on: 13/01/2015

The term ‘Digital Native’ suggests that young people intuitively know how to use digital technology and hence have no need for digital education or training. The aim of this position paper is to outline assumptions connected with the term ‘Digital Native’ and to provide the evidence that it is a dangerous fallacy.  Using the findings of extensive academic and industry research, it shows the extent of the problem, and the danger for Europe’s economy of a digital ‘lost generation’. The paper concludes that there is a vital need for digital skills development programmes to be part of all forms of education. 

Nature of documentation: Policy/Strategy papers


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