[Last updated: May 2020]
Digital Access: The ability to connect to and access the Internet, individually or collectively (e.g., mesh technologies).
Although more young people around the world are connecting to the Internet due to increased access to mobile devices and computers in school and at home, disparities in participation persist for youth across factors such as gender, race and ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. In addition to these demographics, other contextual factors of relevance, such as age, national origin, location, and skill and education level, can further impact youth access to and engagement with digital technologies, resulting in unequal exposure to opportunities that may promote skill development.
- Youth and Digital Citizenship+ (Plus): Understanding Skills for a Digital World
- [Pages 49-54] “Demographic Factors and Differing Experiences” discusses how young people’s access to and experiences with using digital technologies vary by demographic factors including gender, socioeconomic status, and race.
Key learning resources:
We are just starting to work on learning resources in this area. If you have created resources in this area or would be interested in exploring collaborative work, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
This learning resource is available in over 35 languages! To view the translations, please scroll down to “All Languages.” Additional languages will be added over time.
To learn about how to navigate our Digital Citizenship+ (Plus) Resource Platform — home to an evolving collection of 100+ educational tools (e.g., learning experiences, visualizations, podcasts) that can be used to learn and teach about youth’s digitally connected lives — please see the following slidedeck, presented at RightsCon Tunis 2019. The presentation also offers helpful tips in terms of adapting the tools to your context.