What is the DLRP?

The Digital Literacy Resource Platform (DLRP) is an evolving collection of tools (including learning experiences, visualizations, and other educational resources)  that you can use to learn more about safety, privacy, information quality, and creative expression. These tools aim to empower you with knowledge about connected learning environments and other parts of the digital world so you can make the online choices that are right for you. If you are responsible for educating others, these tools will also support you as you teach, parent, or fill other valuable guidance roles. Our goal is to promote the co-creation of trustworthy and supportive digital spaces for all of us.

The DLRP is designed and maintained by the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, with support from the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media Literacy Trust Challenge Competition. Individual tools have been designed with support from the McCormick Foundation, The National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media Literacy Trust Challenge Competition, the Digital Media and Learning (DML) grant, and the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund.

All tools made available by Youth and Media are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.

Who can use the DLRP?

Anyone! There is something here for everyone, with a focus on resources for educators, librarians, school administrators, parents, and youth. Even if a resource is labeled for a different audience, go ahead and try it out! The digital world is dynamic, and these tools are designed to be as well. If something looks interesting, check it out! 

What tools are available?

A lot! The DLRP currently hosts tools that explore four main areas of digital life: privacy and reputation, safety and well-being, information quality/literacy, and creative expression (covering different areas such as content production, digital literacy, identity exploration, legal literacy, media literacy, and positive/respectful behavior). Within each area, tools address a range of issues, using different formats to do so. For instance, if you want to learn more about the primary federal laws that govern whether and how schools can share students’ private data, you can check out our Guide to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that explains these laws in a user-friendly, Q&A format. And if you want to learn more about how to address cyber-bullying, you could take a look at our video on a “Tale of Tolerance.” If you’re a 6th grade educator looking for a lesson on password management, check out our middle-school privacy curriculum. More areas and tools will be added over time (additional tools are currently available on the Youth and Media website).

What can I use this for?

Anything! DLRP tools are here for you to play with and explore, based on your interests and needs. Some tools have been designed with a specific audience and purpose in mind, such as our (forthcoming) middle school and high school privacy curricula. These tools provide content for educators to use when working with young people around issues of digital privacy and safety. If, however, you have “outside the box” ways of using these or any other tools on the DLRP, go for it!

How can I help?

All hands on deck! We would be delighted to get feedback from all DLRP users. Are these tools helpful to you why or why not? For what purpose(s) are you using them? Are there other areas of the digital world for which you’d like to see tools developed? Want to work with us to get those tools up and running? Please let us know at youthandmedia@cyber.law.harvard.edu.