Literacy in the use of digital technology is of the utmost importance in the 21st century. The
general populace, those responsible for building nations, and those who will usher in the next
generation of the current technological age have an urgent need to be fully digitally literate. In this
day and age, being literate in digital technologies is the new life skill.
The digital world is quickly becoming pervasive throughout the entirety of civilization. The only way for any of us to have a
life that is well-established and comfortable in this digital era is if we are digitally literate and can maintain our own survival. The vast majority of job openings are reserved exclusively for individuals who are fluent in digital technologies. In today's educational system, teachers really need to be able to use digital tools. A teacher who is literate in digital technology has a fighting chance in this day and age. The teachers themselves will not be replaced by technology; nevertheless, those teachers who do not utilise technology will be replaced by those who do. As a result, researchers attempted to shed light on digital literacy as a life skill in the modern era of a growing and global educational society. This was done so that the issue would remain front and centre in their minds. This article delves into some of the more significant topics that a teacher ought to be familiar with, such as how to make effective use of digital tools and develop a digital atmosphere not only in the classroom but also across the rest of the institution. If teachers make the most of digital gadgets and information and communication technologies (ICTs), then students will unquestionably gain. When taken by itself, the term "literacy" most commonly refers to the ability to read and write; however, when preceded by the word "cyber," the meaning of the term expands to include a great deal more. The ability to make effective use of various computer technologies while also having an understanding of the consequences of one's activities is what is meant by the term "cyber literacy." Also known as "cyber intelligence," it is essential to be aware of the locations in cyberspace where one may obtain resources that can be relied on to provide correct information. The word "understand" is essential in this context since having an awareness of one's activities extends beyond simply being able to operate a piece of technology correctly. The protection of the intricate digital infrastructures belonging to large organisations is the primary focus of a significant portion of the extant literature on cybersecurity. It is given much less attention to the provision of the typical user with the fundamental information and technical skills they ought to have in order to defend their personal computers or small business systems. It is crucial to evaluate the amount of security awareness that individual users require in order to identify an attack that is already taking place or to avoid being deceived into providing unauthorised access to restricted systems or confidential information. By gaining a full understanding of the interdependent aspects of cybersecurity, we may transform ourselves into the first line of defence for the information systems used in our personal lives and in our small enterprises. The possession of knowledge demonstrates that an individual understands what security is all about, and the possession of skills demonstrates that the individual have the tools and the talents necessary to cope with difficulties related to cybersecurity. However, if they do not have the appropriate attitudes and beliefs regarding the applications of that information and skill, then it is possible that they will not pay attention to what they have learned. An individual or employee at a small firm may be aware that they shouldn't read a possibly contaminated email; but, a careless attitude may motivate them to do so nonetheless. During security awareness training, giving attention to the cognitive, psychomotor, and emotional domains will instil in trainees the value of adhering to a strong cybersecurity culture and defending cybersecurity practises with reference to peers whom they consider as being neglectful.
The realm of digital technology has both positive and negative aspects. A lack of cyber literacy may give considerable ease, but it may also lead to significant difficulties if used improperly. Although there is no such thing as a foolproof security solution, it is possible to prevent the majority of these dangers by having a working knowledge of cybersecurity best practises as well as some fundamental computer skills.
-By Siddharth Kumar
Symbiosis Law School Pune