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What is Digital Literacy?

last updated 28 November 2016

With the media and infocomm space converging, Digital Literacy has become increasingly important.

Digital literacy is the ability to use, create and share digital content safely and responsibly. It is an overarching concept for a wide range of skills:

  • technology competency, which is the use of digital technology;
  • information literacy, which is the ability to locate, identify, retrieve, process and use digital information optimally; and
  • media literacy, which enables us to comprehend, contextualise and critically evaluate information, as well as to create and communicate content effectively across digital media platforms.

An important facet of digital literacy is cyber wellness, which refers to the collective well-being of internet users and a healthy culture for the online community. It involves an attitude of taking personal responsibility to use the internet for the good of the community, and understanding the risks of online dangers and negative online behaviours.

Digital literacy will enable us to be discerning and responsible consumers and creators of digital content.

Formed on 1 August 2012, the Media Literacy Council works in partnership with industry, community and ​​Government to champion and develop public education and awareness programmes relating to media literacy and cyber wellness. 

In an increasingly interactive and participatory media landscape, the Council seeks to cultivate and encourage the public to become discerning media consumers with the ability to evaluate media content effectively, and use, create and share content safely and responsibly. It also advises the Government on responses  to emerging issues relating to Internet and media content.

The Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore supports the Media Literacy Council (MLC) in identifying and facilitating key media literacy and cyber wellness initiatives. ​

Visit www.medialiteracycouncil.sg for more information.

Established in 2009, the Inter-Ministry Cyber Wellness Steering Committee (ICSC) has been coordinating the Government’s effort​​​s in promoting cyber wellness programmes for youths.

The ICSC is co-chaired by the Ministry of Communications and Information and the Ministry of Education. It includes representatives from the following ministries and government agencies:

  • ​​Ministry of Social and Family Deve​​lopment
  • ​Ministry of Defen​​ce
  • Ministry of H​​ome Affairs
  • Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore
  • Health Promotion B​oard
  • National Library Bo​​​ard
  • Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
  • National Youth Council
  • People’s Association
  • Cyber Security Agency

The ICSC recognises that public education remains the long term answer in equipping youths with the necessary skills to build resiliency to appropriately handle harmful and inappropriate Internet content.  To encourage more cyber wellness efforts in Singapore, the ICSC provides seed funding for cyber wellness programmes from the people, private and public sectors. These programmes and initiatives, which have impacted over 250,000 students, teachers and parents, cover the following areas of concerns: 

  • Parenting roles, responsibilities, knowledge and skills for cyber wellness education for children;
  • Cyber security and protection against cyber-crime;
  • Information literacy, media literacy and responsible online creation;
  • Striking a balance between online and offline activities;
  • Positive online presence and advocacy for cyber wellness;
  • Healthy cyber gaming among children;
  • Awareness of gaming addiction and available help for parents; and
  • Awareness of cyber bullying