Jakarta (ANTARA) - The youth's digital skills could help push Indonesia's progress in the future, the Communication and Informatics Ministry has said.

"We hope that our young friends have an extraordinary enthusiasm to encourage Indonesia's progress through their digital skills," coordinator of the education sector digital literacy team of the ministry, Bambang Tri Santoso, said in a written statement received here on Friday.

Based on the National Digital Literacy Index Survey conducted by the ministry and the Katadata Insight Center, the Indonesian people's digital literacy score stood at 3.49 out of 5.00 in 2021.

Based on the score, the level of digital literacy in Indonesia can be said to be in the “medium” category.

The conduct of digital literacy seminars in the educational environment has been one of the efforts taken by the ministry for pursuing digital transformation in the education sector to create more digitally skilled people.

The ministry, through Pandu Digital, in collaboration with the Internet Health Champion ICT Watch Indonesia, held a national seminar on the education sector, which discussed introducing and improving the value of the digital competence of the Indonesian youth based on the four pillars of digital literacy.

“This activity is expected to increase the knowledge, experience, and digital skills of the Indonesian youth. The Communication and Information Ministry is also trying to unite Indonesia by expanding Internet access and the use of information technology so that the Indonesian people get the same rights," he noted.

The activity was divided into two sessions filled with materials on the four pillars of digital literacy: digital skills, digital security, digital culture, and digital ethics.

Meanwhile, a representative from Pandu Digital Madya Indonesia, Agus Indira, said that all digital activities and interactions that a person engages in are at risk of being sought, stolen, published, and tracked by others.

He also provided some tips on maintaining and understanding digital track records, including always uploading positive things, being careful and observant in analyzing Internet activities, thinking again before uploading posts, and verifying information received and shared.

“In short, this digital footprint will always exist. Thus, when you build an account on social media, you have a choice: what kind of track record do you want to build and leave behind?” Indira asked.

According to a representative of Jabodetabek Healthy Internet Champion, Tiara Lestari, there are vast opportunities born out of digitization that could prompt productivity.

For example, several professions and new businesses have popped up due to digitalization, such as content creators, software engineers, and social media specialists, among others, giving opportunities to people to earn an income. The key to utilizing the opportunities is a willingness to learn.

“In this digital era, to be productive people, we must master critical thinking skills, creativity, communication, and collaboration. (Become) Able to distinguish between true and false information, think creatively to read opportunities and opportunities, communicate effectively, and collaborate to develop productivity,” Lestari said.

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