Safe, Secure and Empowered

We live in an increasingly digital world. The pace of change is rapid and has an impact on everyone’s day to day lives, with 2/3 of the world’s 7.6 billion inhabitants now having a mobile phone.

Adapting to the digital world has been exciting for some, while others feel left behind by the pace of change and many can feel that they lack the skills and knowledge to get on board or keep up with everyone else.

The barriers aren’t just about skills and knowledge in relation to the technology. When we engage with online services, if we feel our skill levels aren’t good enough to enable us to achieve what we are trying to do, our confidence can be affected and we can become less likely to try again or put in the time to improve these skills.

Digital skills are now important for life and work and many organisations and public services are moving to digital systems for payment, benefit claims and online communication.

Adapting to the digital world is just not about emails, social media and online services, it’s about maximising the opportunities and learning but also minimising the threats and misinformation that affect confidence, motivation and access for everyone.

Within Community Learning and Development (CLD) and the non-formal learning sector, practitioners need the skills and knowledge to provide opportunities to help learners and service users to:

  • Develop their digital skills
  • Build confidence
  • Improve resilience to deal with online situations

As practitioners, we need to feel confident in our skills and knowledge in order to engage with our learners and service users. We also need to feel confident in the resources we have access to.

There is so much information online and finding the best, up to date, resources are important. The tools attached to this project are a great starting point.

This resource is a reflection of the information and insights we gain from the consultations carried out this year. It highlights issues and areas that practitioners, learners and services users have fed into this process.

By placing CLD and non-formal learning at the centre of transformational changes to digital learning, it can have a positive and empowering impact on individuals and communities.

Resources developed by YouthLink Scotland in partnership with: Midlothian Council, Police Scotland, The Prince’s Trust Scotland, Learning Link Scotland, Young Scot, Carnegie UK Trust, North Ayrshire Council, Lead Scotland, Scottish Community Development Centre. CLD Standards Council.

In October 2021, YouthLink Scotland became members of the CyberScotland Partnership, alongside existing members including Scottish Government and Police Scotland. Find out more about the CyberScotland Partnership.

With special thanks to Richard Bryce.

Produced with funding provided by the Scottish Government.

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