Digital Citizenship Assignment – Question 2

Question 2

Digital Literacy

Q.2.1
Unemployment between the ages of 15 and 24 has reached a staggering 71 million (ILO, 2016). Solution fluency is a guided problem solving framework that consists of six D’s. Use the solution fluency process to solve unemployment problems in your area. Provide a brief background of your area and how you intend to tackle this problem.

 

As our lecturer has told us that we shouldn’t use the areas we live in, I chose to base this question on Johannesburg.

Define: The youth unemployment is at a rate of 31.5% I need to figure out how to change this.

Discover: Poverty is definitely a factor effecting Johannesburg. Lack of a job creates lack of funds, which creates a lack of means to find a job, which means no job. It is an endless cycles.

Dream: To create class for people between the ages of 15 and 24 to teach them digital literacy. And if they can’t get there I will provide the means of transportation in the form of taxi’s and busses.

Design: I will ask companies for sponsorships and financial backing, (presenting it to the companies as corporate social responsibility). I will also try to get sponsorships from transportation companies in the form of transport. I will try to get the community at large to donate computers.

Deliver: I will make use of community centres to set up the classes. I will hire teachers on a pro bono basis to teach the digital literacy classes.

Debrief: It will take me a really long time to proceed with these plans. But I think the end will result in more youth being able to sufficiently find jobs and apply the skills they learn.

 

Q.2.2
Digital footprints can be construed as trails that digital citizens leave online. Do you think that digital footprints could become a problem? Discuss.

 

Everything we do online leaves a footprint. Which means, even if we delete our pictures and information, someone somewhere will be able to find it. “Someone may have already accessed it, viewed it and saved it”. (IIE, 2015) Meaning one’s privacy is being violated. Anyone could gain access to your email address, and if you were tagged at your home at any point in time, anyone would be able to find you. People can find out anything about, at the click of a button, if you at some point in your life, put that information online.

 

Q.2.3
Provide a few tips on how one can manage their digital footprint?

 

Google yourself. (Let’s see what everyone else can see.)

Check your privacy settings on all your sites. (Make sure not everyone can see where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing.)

Unsubscribe from mailing lists. (That way less people will have your name and email address.)

Think before you post. (That drunken photo from last week isn’t going to look good to your potential employers.)

Keep a list of the social media site you’re on. (Sometimes we forget about the ones we don’t often use.)

 

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**All references will be in the sixth post.

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