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The word "literacy" typically describes the ability to read and write. When you begin to recognize letters and words, and more importantly their meaning, you gain the skills necessary to begin reading and writing. With more experience and practice, you are able to develop strong literacy skills.
Digital literacy is the ability to identify media and its messages and create media content responsibly. Specifically, this now goes far beyond traditional media (TV, radio, and newspapers) and now includes text messages, social media platforms, viral videos and memes, video games, and other nontraditional sources. With all of these technological advancements and new forms of communication, digital and media literacy have become crucial for gaining the tools necessary to succeed in the world today.
The key components of digital literacy include: