World Computer Literacy Day

In a digital world, the need for computer literacy is essential. We live in a time when technology has infiltrated almost every part of our lives. Smartphones, social media sites, online shopping sites, virtual reality headsets — you name it, and there’s probably an app for that! The internet has made it easy to find information or purchase goods. However, that doesn’t mean everyone can do it. Many people struggle with basic computer skills and find navigating the web or using email challenging. For everyone to have an equal opportunity in this digital world, we need World Computer Literacy Day, celebrated worldwide on December 2nd. According to UNESCO’s report “Facing a Digital World: Opportunities and Challenges for Universities,” only 43 percent of adults worldwide have basic computer skills. These statistics show just how vital computer literacy is in today’s world.

Why is World Computer Literacy Day important?

While technology has allowed us to make our lives easier in many aspects, it has also created an increasing digital divide. Eighteen percent of internet users live in countries where there is no expectation that people have access to the internet. This means many people still need access to the same technology that most of us do. This is something that we need to work on. As technology continues to grow and be integrated into our daily lives, it’s essential to ensure everyone has the knowledge they need to make the most of it. By raising awareness about the importance of digital skills, we can help reduce the digital divide. People can learn the skills they need to participate in today’s digital society, regardless of age or background.

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Also, not only is it essential for people to have digital skills, but it’s also important to learn how to protect yourself from cybercrime. It may seem common sense, but many people must follow proper security practices online. It’s essential to protect your personal information, such as credit card numbers, passwords, and home addresses, and be aware of the dangers of the internet, such as phishing scams and malware attacks. This is especially important for young people who are just beginning to enter the digital world. By teaching kids about the importance of computer literacy and cyber safety, we can help them avoid dangerous situations online.

World Computer Literacy Day – Important facts

(1) International Literacy Day is celebrated on December 2nd each year. (2) 6 out of 10 people around the world use the internet, according to the UN’s International Telecommunications Union. (3) Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that there will be 6 billion Internet users by 2022 (75 percent of the projected world population of 8 billion) — and more than 7.5 billion Internet users by 2030 (90 percent of the projected world population of 8.5 billion, six years of age and older). (4) According to a survey of adult skills conducted by The OECD, almost a quarter (24.3%) of people don’t know how to use a computer. Ten per cent had never used a computer, so they took a paper-based test. (5) There are still 2.9 billion who did not use the internet in April 2022, representing 37 percent of all the people on Earth

Why should we celebrate Computer Literacy Day?

Although technology is used all the time, according to the statistics, only some know how to use it. Having computer literacy skills is essential to living in this digital age. The internet has made it easier to find information, communicate, and learn new things. However, only some have computer literacy skills that they can use to take full advantage of technology. Many people are challenged by basic computer skills such as using the internet or sending an email. Computer literacy skills can help people participate in online activities, communicate with friends and family, or even find a job. By celebrating Computer Literacy Day, we can help reduce the digital divide and ensure everyone has the skills to use technology to its fullest potential.

How to celebrate Computer Literacy Day?

Computer Literacy Day is an important day that can help improve the world by closing the digital divide. There are many ways to celebrate Computer Literacy Day. You can educate others about the importance of computer literacy and help those who don’t have digital skills learn some basic computer skills. You can also donate to charities working to bridge the digital divide, including UNICEF and Save the Children. By contributing to these charities, you can help provide computer skills to those who need them most.

Kristi Shehu is a Cyber Security Engineer (Application Security) and Cyber Journalist based in Albania. She lives and breathes technology, specializing in crafting content on cyber news and the latest security trends, all through the eyes of a cyber professional. Kristi is passionate about sharing her thoughts and opinions on the exciting world of cyber security, from breakthrough emerging technologies to dynamic startups across the globe.