By Una Murphy
The development of digital skills – including skills on managing our privacy and security – needs to be given real priority according to Carnegie UK Trust.
A new report ‘Digitally Savvy Citizens’ reveals differing ‘digital savvyness’ depending on age, gender, wealth and where you live.
More than 5,000 people across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland took part in the research.
Douglas White, Head of Advocacy for The Carnegie UK Trust, said: “It is concerning that half of older people still do not undertake basic measures such as using a passcode on their phone, to help protect their privacy and security. For younger people, privacy risks are more likely to be around how they choose to share content on social media..
“The development of digital skills – including skills on managing our privacy and security – needs to be given real priority and become much more embedded across a whole range of public services. However, it’s clear that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all approach’ to these issues and it’s vital that support is appropriately tailored to meet the different needs and concerns of different groups.”
Among the findings are:
• People in Northern Ireland are most cautious in their use of public wifi
• Younger people are far more aware of how protect their mobile devices, they are also more confident using public wifi to perform banking tasks
• Less than half the older population (47%) protects their phone with a passcode or password.