The digital world is changing around us. 

It was the 1980's when the Windows and Mac operating systems were released. It was 2004 when Facebook launched, followed by Twitter in 2006.

Since then we have seen many new applications developed - such as Pinterest and Instagram in 2010, Snapchat in 2011 and TikTok in 2017. There are new applications all the time, and the applications we use are also changing - Instagram launched IGTV in 2018 which allows people to upload long videos not just images.

Because things are changing quickly it's really hard to keep up.

In this course we'll try to help you keep up by looking at some of the technologies that we all use and encouraging you to ask some questions about them that might be helpful.

By doing so, the idea of to help you increase what has been called your digital literacy: the ability to understand and use technologies safely, effectively and productively.

DIGITAL LITERACYThe ability to understand and use digital technologies safely, effectively and productively.


This course is not just for students but also for parents and teachers. Each of you will need to know different things to improve your digital literacy - but there are also some common questions you can ask. 

If you are a student some of the issues that might be important include how your data is used (your digital footprint), how you know and control what is seen about you (your privacy) and about some of the uses of new applications and services - to learn about the world, share information and make new things. 

If you are a teacher it's important to understand these issues but also to be able to compare, contrast, and analyse new technologies so that you can use them in your teaching. 

And if you are a parent, because it can be hard to keep up with the latest messaging app your teen is using or the latest video app or game they are spending time on, you might need to know what kinds of things these apps and services do. This course will help you. 


Depending on who you are, we have some different things you can learn about. 

There are separate courses for students, parents and teachers. Each deal with a different aspect of digital literacy for different apps, platforms or services - messaging, video sharing, gaming, social media and audio. We'll be adding more topics soon.

All of these courses are open to anyone. If you are a student, why not read about what we say in our courses for teachers and parents; if you are a parent, you might like to read what we say to teachers and your children. 


This quiz tests your knowledge of digital applications and services. Some of the questions are easy, some of them might be a bit harder. They cover social media, video apps, messaging, audio apps and games. 

We'll give you 1 point for each correct answer and at the end of the quiz we'll provide you with the correct answers and some things you might want to read. 

SOCIAL MEDIA: How many characters are allowed in a Tweet?

SOCIAL MEDIA: Which social network does not provide selfie filters?

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook was originally targeted at which group of users?

SOCIAL MEDIA: How long does the average user spend on social media each day?

SOCIAL MEDIA: Who are the most active social media users by time spent each day?

SOCIAL MEDIA: Which is the most popular social media app for those aged 18-24?

VIDEO: A user on YouTube is reporting their experience at the scene of a crime. Warning of graphic images is provided at the beginning of the video and the graphic images and sounds are thoroughly blurred. The video is titled “My Experience - Crime in my Neighborhood.” Would this video violate the YouTube Community Guidelines that prohibit “Violent or graphic content intended to shock or disgust viewers”?

VIDEO: A video is posted of a makeup tutorial and the camera is zoomed out with a child in the center of the frame. A user posts comments on her video and says “You look good! You should dm me.‘’ Would this meet the community guidelines?

VIDEO: A user uploads a video sharing his thoughts on the benefits of smoking weed for adults. He features clips of himself smoking in the video. The video does not contain any information on where to purchase weed. Does this video violate community guidelines?

VIDEO: Are the following products allowed to be advertised on YouTube either directly or by posting links to sites that sell them?

VIDEO: YouTube operates a strikes system where users are found to have violated guidelines. How many strikes are there?

VIDEO: After your first strike, on YouTube for how long are you unable to upload content?

VIDEO: How long does a strike remain on your channel in YouTube?

VIDEO: What is the minimum age for having a YouTube account?

VIDEO: What is the most popular YouTube channel in 2020?

MESSAGING: How many text messages, using SMS, are sent a day worldwide?

MESSAGING: Which messaging platform has the most users?

MESSAGING: On Snapchat, how long are messages kept before they are erased?

MESSAGING: On Snapchat, how long are photos viewable for?

MESSAGING: What personal details do you need to set up a Kik messenger account?

MESSAGING: WhatsApp allows group video calling. How many people can be in a call?

GAMING: The average gamer is how old?

GAMING: What is the most polar video gaming platform?

GAMING: What proportion of gamers are female?

GAMING: What proportion of gamers play collaboratively with users in multiplayer games?

AUDIO: When using Alexa and Google Home smart speakers, when do they stop listening?

AUDIO: How many people use smart speakers in the US?

AUDIO: Do Amazon, Google and Apple store recordings of your interactions with them?

AUDIO: What proportion of children interact with a voice activated assistant?

AUDIO:  Alexa skills allow users to interact with hardware, apps and games through voice commands. Are there specific skills for children?