Two types of citizens live in the “global digital village”: digital natives, those born in the internet age, and digital migrants, those born before the internet became so central to our lives. These digital migrants are the so-called "silver surfers".
Digital migrants and digital natives often share the same house, the same office space and same public places. Yet, digital exclusion is preventing digital migrants from fully taking advantage of digital tools. We need to nurture digital inclusion, digital literacy and digital skills for all the silver surfers living in the digital global village.
Without these, digital migrants cannot carry out even the most basic of daily digital tasks. To overcome this barrier, we need to give them access to digital skills. This is the only way to fully benefit from participation and knowledge from all citizens.
The EuroDig Prequel session, Don’t forget silver surfers – Digital inclusion and Literacy focuses on seniors, discusses how digital inclusion for seniors can be more “inclusive”, what a model of digital friendly citizenship might look like and help build bridges across generations. It also looks at how digital literacy and skills may contribute to the process of lifelong learning for digital migrants. The session is a chance to learn about best practices in a European context, taking into consideration local developments in Georgia and the Caucasus Region.