The Importance of Digital Literacy for Young Generation

The Importance of Digital Literacy for Young Generation
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In this millennial era, digital media cannot be separated from everyday life. It was recorded through research published by that in 2017 there were 132 million internet users in Indonesia with a growth rate of 51% in just a year, and Indonesia is one of the countries with the largest internet users in the world.

The Association of Indonesian Internet Service Providers (APJII) also recently released a report "Profile of Internet Users 2022". In the report, APJII revealed that Indonesia's internet penetration will reach 77.02% in 2021-2022. Based on age, the highest internet penetration is in the age group of 13-18 years. Almost all (99.16%) of this age group are connected to the internet. Furthermore, the age group of 19 – 34 years has internet penetration of 98.64%. The 35-54 year age group has an internet penetration of 87.3%, Children aged 5-12 years have an internet penetration of 62.43%. The age group 55 years and over had the lowest penetration with 51.73%. From these data it can be concluded that the highest internet users are younggeneration.

Now anyone can easily access various information circulating on the internet. The rapid flow of information and the amount of negative content circulating, such as pornography, violence, racial issues, can cause confusion, anxiety, hatred and misleading information. Therefore, digital literacy is something crucial, very important and needed by all generation, especially for young generation who are certainly familiar with digital media, both as a communication tool, as a learning tool, entertainment and internet networks.

Digital literacy can be interpreted as a person's ability to process information obtained from digital media.

The following are the benefits and importance of digital literacy for the young generation:

1. Digital literacy will create a generation with a critical-creative mindset and view

With a good understanding of digital literacy, the young generation can be more selective in receiving information. This can prevent negative things such as the spread of hoax news and they will not be easily fooled by everything digital-based ones such as being victims of hoax information.

2. Digital literacy can help the young generation to think creatively and innovatively

By using social media, they can write and share positive contents that are useful and make social media as accurate information and increase reading interest.


3. Creating healthy digital interactions

Digital literacy is able to create a young generation that is wiser and smarter. This can prevent hate speech, thereby creating healthier interactions in the digital world.



Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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