Here are some tips about how to use this platform, how to enjoy learning digital skills and how to keep yourself safe.
1. What the platform is for - this platform is an online directory of opportunities to learn digital skills in your area. We publish information about local opportunities, and allow Digital Learning Programmes to submit their information. You can find profiles of organisations, courses and events. There are a wide range of programmes. They cover different subjects and work with young people of different ages.
2. How we decide which programmes are on the platform - when programmes apply we verify that they are a real. They need to have a contact person, phone number and to be offering digital learning. If they do that, we post them to the platform. We do not judge the quality of their programmes, so it is up to you to ask good questions to help you decide whether to go to events and courses.
3. Going to events and courses - check the programme is appropriate before you go on a course or event. Is it for your age group? Is it at the right level for you? Does it sound like you'll enjoy being part of the group? If there is a fee, are you happy to pay it? You can find more information by clicking through to the programme’s website, or by phoning or emailing the contact person.
4. Check that you will be safe - we are not responsible for your safety when you go to events or courses that are promoted on this platform. We do not check, for example, whether programmes have DBS approved trainers. DBS is the government’s Disclosure and Barring Service. This checks whether people have a criminal record or not. It is a good idea to ask programmes if they have DBS approved trainers before you go. If they don’t, it doesn’t necessarily mean the programme is a bad one, but you might be at more risk than a programme that does. You might want to ask a parent or adult to come with you, or to help you decide.
5. How to be safe online - this platform includes information on online courses, as well as in-person programmes. Its important to know how to be safe online - things like choosing safe screen names and passwords, protecting your data and knowing how to remove photos if you don’t want them online any longer. Here are some useful links to top 10 e-safety tips, staying safe on social networks, online and mobile safety and an internet safety video.
6. Know your i-rights - we subscribe to the i-rights campaign which is calls for the internet to be developed and designed with young people in mind. We believe young people should be empowered to access the digital world creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly. The five i-rights are the right to remove, the right to know, the right to safety and support, the right to make informed and conscious choices, and the right to digital literacy. Find out more about i-rights here - http://irights.uk
7. Web literacy - the nice people at Mozilla Foundation have developed a guide to web literacy. These are all the things you want to know to be competent on the web. See here for all you need to know about exploring, building and connecting on the web.
8. A Guide to Tech Roles, Skills and Languages - if you're wondering about jobs in tech and digital, here's a good guide on different roles and the skills you need to do them.
9. Open Badges - you can use all kinds of different badges to recognise the skills you learn through many of the programmes on wearedotdotdot. Check out more about it here.