Development and Validation of a Digital Literacy Scale for Teenagers

Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Año de publicación2016
AuthorsRodríguez-de-Dios, I, Igartua, JJ, González Vázquez, A
Nombre de la ConferenciaFourth International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality
Conference LocationSalamanca, Spain
KeywordsDigital literacy; digital skills; scale development; adolescents; assessment.

Research related to digital literacy has grown exponentially in recent years. Its importance is that some scholars suggest that digital skills are a prevention tool against the risks of digital technologies. These risks are especially important because of their psychological consequences on adolescents. Thus, digital literacy could be a health prevention tool. The purpose of this research was to develop and validate a scale to assess digital literacy on teenagers. A self-report questionnaire with 47 items measured in a 5-point Likert scale was developed. After a pilot study, the
questionnaire was administered to a sample composed by 715 secondary school students from 13 schools in Spain, aged between 12 and 20 years. Exploratory factor analysis revealed the existence of six factors: technological skill, personal security skill, critical skill, devices security skill, informational skill and communication skill. The scale demonstrated support for internal consistency reliability in most of the factors, with Cronbach’s Alpha levels ranging from .63 to .75, and validity. Further research is needed to confirm the factor structure.

Título TraducidoDesarrollo y validación de una escala de alfabetización digital en adolescentes