Young people can’t build their digital skills without support through training and education. That’s the
main point in the latest position paper from ECDL Foundation, ‘ The Fallacy of the ‘Digital Native’: Why
Young People Need to Develop their Digital Skills’, which was published today.
The paper tackles, head-on, the fallacy of ‘digital natives’ who can intuitively learn computer skills simply
by picking up a tablet or laptop. 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 position paper marks the latest step in ECDL Foundation’s mission to empower all people around
the world, including young people, with proficenity in digital skills and will reinforce extensive work with a
range of partner organisations to develop better digital education and training policies.