Digital Literacy Encourages Internet Users to Be More Productive Using Social Media

BASED ON Indonesia’s National Digital Literacy Index Survey conducted by the Ministry of Communication and Information and the Katadata Insight Center in 2021, it was stated that Indonesia was still in the “moderate” category with a figure of 3.49 out of 5.00.

In response to this, the Ministry of Communication and Information held a “Digital Literacy Workshop” with material based on the four main pillars of digital literacy, namely digital skills, digital ethics, digital culture, and digital security.

The Director of Information Empowerment at the Ministry of Communications and Informatics, Bonifasius Wahyu Pudjianto, emphasized the urgency of the National Digital Literacy Movement in Indonesia. Bonifasius said that there are four digital pillars as a digital literacy curriculum that is able to become a provision for the Indonesian people, especially the residents of West Manggarai.

West Manggarai Regent Edistasius Endi who also supports the Kemenkominfo program and invites residents and communities, especially invited guests, to be able to become ambassadors of digital literacy in order to prevent the misuse of digital technology.

“45 percent of West Manggarai residents have digital literacy. The hope is how we can take advantage of this so that the digitalization world can provide positive things for education and business in West Manggarai,” said Endi in a workshop entitled Safe, Ethical and Cultural Productive on Social Media and “Safe, Ethical Content Creation, in Labuan Bajo, NTT.

Minister of Communication and Information (Menkominfo) Johnny G. Plate said online, apart from building digital infrastructure, data centers, and telecommunications throughout Indonesia. Kominfo also directly organizes vocational schools to produce a digitally talented workforce.

“Kominfo prepares digital training programs at three levels, namely: Digital Leadership Academy which is a vocational and training school program attended by 200-300 people per year in collaboration with 8 well-known universities in the world. Digital Talent Scholarship as a scholarship program for young people who want to improve their digital skills and talents. And the last is the Digital Literacy Workshop which can be followed for free for all people in Indonesia,” said Johnny.

The Minister of Communication and Information revealed that the Digital Literacy Index Survey in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province obtained a score of 3.60, which is slightly above the average national digital literacy index. However, this is not enough. With the higher internet penetration in Indonesia, the risks that arise in the digital space are also higher.

“These various considerations are the basis for echoing the National Digital Literacy Movement. I hope that these various class programs will be well followed by the people of NTT. Let’s create a digital society that is competitive, innovative, and productive in digital spaces,” concluded Johnny.

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Labuan Bajo Tourism and Literacy Activist Siprianus Bhuka, who was the resource person, highlighted that ethics is the most important thing in social media. Social media gives its users free space in expression so that every user must have ethical boundaries in social media.

Siprianus emphasized the importance of digital safety in digital transactions by highlighting digital money payment tools that allow users to transact online. The risk in online transactions is that users are often not strict in maintaining personal data such as pins or passwords.

“Change passwords every 6 months, and don’t tell anyone and don’t carelessly access sites or links that offer tempting prizes,” said Siprianus.

On the same occasion, West Manggarai youth leader Aloysius Suhartin Karya said that there was potential for social media to build a digital economy for the tourism industry in Labuan Bajo. Aloysius talked about how social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook that he uses as a way of marketing become an intermediary for tourists both from within and outside the country to come to Labuan Bajo.

Aloysius reminded, apart from bringing benefits, social media can also be a double-edged sword for the security of its users’ personal data. He also gave tips to participants in maintaining the security of personal data in the digital space.

“Don’t share personal information, keep your inner circle, avoid unnecessary interactions with foreign users on social media, interact only with people who are close and know, maintain ethics, don’t talk about SARA, include sources in creating content to avoid from plagiarism, make social media a place to learn, and build a good network,” he explained.

The activity was also filled with creative performances such as music concerts and stand up comedy which were shown on the sidelines of the activity to increase the enthusiasm and enthusiasm of the participants.

To note, this Digital Literacy Workshop is one of a series of activities in the Indonesia Makin Cakap Digital program initiated by the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information (Kemenkominfo) together with the National Digital Literacy Movement (GNLD) Siberkreasi. (RO/OL-7)

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