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. More areas and tools will be added over time (additional tools are currently available on the Youth and Media website).
A particular emphasis of Youth and Media has been to produce learning experiences — in collaboration with youth and youth-serving organizations — that enable people to learn (as individuals or as part of a group) about a specific issue. The learning experiences include step-by-step guidance in terms of how to fully engage in the different activities. Furthermore, some learning experiences include additional resources provided that can be used within the learning experience and/or as a material for educators and participants to review prior to/after as supporting material. You are welcome to adapt each learning experience, removing or adding resources, based on needs and interests.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.