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DIGITAL LITERACIES

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STUDENT

Welcome. You're a student who wants to learn more about ways to develop your digital literacy.

So, we're going to look at some apps and services you are probably using right now. 

We won't be talking about the basics of how to use them, or about all the possible apps you might use.

Instead we've made a section. We're going to look at messaging, social media, video sharing, audio and gaming

MESSAGING

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Messaging apps are apps that let you chat with your friends, either in real time oyou can continue the conversation when you get the chance. 

These apps let you send text, video, images, audio and your location to other people or groups. Some of them will let you talk in real time.

Some messaging apps will allow you to send a message that will be deleted once it has been viewed. 

MOST USED MESSAGING APPS WORLDWIDE

WhatsApp 1.6 billion
Facebook Messenger 1.3 billion
WeChat 1.151 billion
QQ 731 million
SnapChat 382 million
Viber 260 million
Discord 250 million
Signal 20 million

HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE?

When you are signing up to a messaging app most will ask you what your date of birth is.

This is because there are laws around the companies collecting your information, they are not allowed to if you are younger than 13. 

This is why most messaging apps do not allow users who are younger than 13.   

WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT THEM?

Allow you to continue conversations when you are no longer with the person you were talking to earlier 

Meet people from all different parts of the world that you might not have the opportunity to without this technology. 

Create an environment where you can give and receive support and advice quickly and easily 

Learn new things and share ideas. 

Video sharing and hosting technology allows for collaboration opportunities that previously would have only been able to be facilitated in a face to face format.  

Help you do develop skills in managing multiple data sources. 

WHAT ARE SOME DOWNSIDES?

Advertising is not always appropriate for you 

Poor choices of what you say are a lot more public and permanent in large group chats  

The data collected by the service can be used in a way that you haven’t thought of 

People may be more willing to type something that they would not say to your face. 

WHAT ARE SOME DOWNSIDES?

Who can see the messages that I send, including the ones that disappear?  

Can the people who made the app use my messages in other ways? 

How do I find people the I know to message with? 

Can I message groups? 

Is there a way for me to get help if I need it? 

Are the any costs involved in using this platform? 

How much of my phone data will this app use? 

HERE'S A CASE STUDY

Case Study