Young people overestimate themselves ' digital '

Half of the Dutch young people overestimated the own digital skills.

Studies by Kennisnet and Mediawijzer.net shows that most young people have difficulty assessing fake news and finding information online.

"Young people see new media as something they are familiar with," said a spokesman for the Week's Media savvy, an information campaign that begins Friday. "They are there might be useful in but do not have the skills to assess and to look up information. They are also less interested in what they hear in school about media savvy now and want to learn rather creative things like editing photos, movies or programming. "

Parents and teachers are, according to the researchers, less convenient in new media and soon take a policing role on young people themselves which they warn of the dangers, such as game and smartphone addiction and sexting. "They underestimate what they can teach young people in the field of media wisdom," said the spokesman.



According to the promoters, there is a large gap between parents and teachers and young people. The week should bring generations closer together, for example by debates and workshops.

On schools is hardly taught in digital skills because it is still not compulsory. According to the investigations is the social environment the most determines what young people learn about digital skills. Less educated young people pose a risk group.

The results are based on self reports, a 1600 test on information literacy under a thousand young people and a survey on media savvy under an equally large group of young people. Mediawijzer.net is an initiative of the Ministry of education, culture and science. The organization wants to enable children and young people ' media wise '. Kennisnet supports and advises schools on ICT.