What is digital literacy?
In February 2018, Actua released the results of a first-of-its-kind survey, Coding the Future: What Canadian youth and their parents think about coding, which assessed the confidence and attitudes of Canadian kids and parents toward coding, and jobs of the future. The results revealed a largely enthusiastic cohort of students and parents, but also a persistent gender gap, a socio-economic divide, and a concerning lack of opportunity to learn to code inside and outside of Canadian schools.
Among the most revealing findings of the survey:
- Over 92 per cent of students and parents believe that knowing how to use digital technology will be very or extremely important to their future careers.
- More than 50 per cent of youth want more opportunities to learn to code but only 1/3rd said they have access to that kind of opportunity.
- Over 50 per cent of boys were very or extremely interested in careers involving coding or programming, but only 27 per cent of girls expressed the same interest.
- Boys also express more confidence in their ability to code (41%) vs girls at only 28 per cent.
- Boys are twice as likely as girls to participate in a coding program outside of schools.
- There remains a socio-economic divide. Parents with a higher education and income regarded digital technologies and careers as more important than those with a lower education and income level.
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