The world is becoming more digitally oriented. Everyone needs to know the basic digital skills to keep up.

6 digital skills everyone should possess

By Dale Cullen

What are digital skills?


Digital skills refer to the essential skills needed to use computers and digital devices to access and manage information.

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Digital foundation skills

The ability to navigate digital technologies such as web browsers and search engines, and keep passwords secure.

Knowing how to operate web browsers & search engines is an integral skill to know to be able to use the internet  

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Communicating online 

Using communication applications like email and social media to communicate with others.

Email and social communication is vital for almost every industry.  "59% of the world's population uses social media (July 2022)."

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Handling information & content

Having digital awareness and understanding the digital footprint we leave behind.

A digital footprint is the information about a person that exists on the internet as a result of their online activity—i.e. internet history, or photographs 

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The ability to use online resources to complete basic tasks like paying the bills and online shopping.

"In 2020, over two billion people purchased goods or services online."

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Problem solving

The ability to navigate search engine results to find solutions to problems and answers.

With so many searches each day, knowing how to use search engines like Google, is an essential digital skill. 

8.5 billion Google searches per day! 

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Being safe & legal online

Understanding how to keep yourself safe in the digital sphere.

Skills in online safety can include multi-factor authentication, strong passwords and reading data storage T&Cs 

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Check out the full DevSkiller article:  What are digital skills?

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