In Vietnam, computer literacy is still an unaffordable luxury for most children, especially in the rural areas. In most schools, there are no computers for students to learn basic computer skills. Therefore, the gap between kids in the urban and rural areas is widening and poverty is driving poor rural kids out of schools, making their future more vulnerable.
The same is true for code literacy. The rural youth completely lack access to code literacy education. The Dariu Foundation recognises the importance of code literacy and we plan to provide the youth with coding skills in our mobile schools. During 8 weeks, they learn how to code Scratch and Kodu, and we plan to have 100,000 children trained by 2021.
The rapid development of technology has created opportunities for many people, yet it also causes uncertainty for others. Many children have to face cyber risks such as cyber-bullying, technology addiction and cyber grooming. Therefore, they desperately need Digital Intelligence to protect themselves and maximize the cyber opportunities. The Dariu Foundation organizes basic digital literacy and internet safety knowledge training courses for kids.
What do we train?
• Digital Citizen Identity: Ability to build and manage a healthy identity online and offline with integrity.
• Privacy Management: Ability to handle with discretion all personal information shared online to protect one’s and others’ privacy.
• Critical Thinking: Ability to distinguish between true and false info, good and harmful content, and trustworthy and questionable contacts online.
• Digital Footprints: Ability to understand the nature of digital footprints and their real-life consequences and to manage them responsibly.
• Digital Empathy: Ability to be empathetic towards one’s own and others’ needs and feeling online.
• Cyber Security Management: Ability to protect one’s data by creating strong passwords and to manage various cyber attacks.
• Cyber Bullying Management: Ability to detect cyber-bullying situations and handle them wisely.
• Screen Time Management: Ability to manage one’s screen time, multitasking and engagement online with self-control.
Whom are we training?
Young children aged 8 – 12. This age is a critical time when children typically become active on social media and are exposed to cyber risks.