Topic 1: Basic Guidelines

Basic Guidelines

Security in digital communications is crucial for digital starters as they do not know digital threats.

For this area, provide your learners with:

-A brief introduction to digital communication.

-A definition of general digital security terms as “privacy”, “security”, and “safety”

-Some basic tips for creating a safe environment for communication (how to protect devices, accounts, sensitive files, etc.)


Email is one of the most used digital communication tools and will provide your learners with the ability to communicate for work, social and educational purposes.

Introduce what email is, how it works and describe uses.

Then, show your learners how to create and set up a free email account in a web-based email provider – For instance, Gmail.


Once our learners have created their email account, teach them basic notions to start using it such as how to log in into their new email address, how to read an incoming email and also how to reply or witting from the scratch a new message and send it.

Other (instant) messaging apps for pc and mobiles
that can be presented:

  • WhatsApp
  • Telegram
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Etc.


Documents are key items in communication transmission useful to share text-based information with any kind of receiver (family, friends, employers, etc.).

Tutors can initiate the teaching of this topic by defining the term “word processors” and explaining their benefits. Additionally, migrant students should be taught to use word processing applications to create, save, edit and formatting texts documents such as letters and reports.


Being able to manage a variated range of communication technologies will wide the opportunities of our migrant learners to better integrate in the new social context.

Your students should be taught to use video conference tools such as Skype in order to enjoy synchronous/asynchronous video communications.

Consider the following contents for your teaching lesson:

  • Introduction to Skype: main characteristics and uses
  • How to create a free account
  • How to install the application on a computer
  • How to do a video conference call
  • Additional functions and profile edition


Social media platforms open a window to a large variety of contacts both persons and enterprises.

Volunteers tutors may guide migrant students in their first steps in social media websites like Facebook. You should teach them the basics including signing and setting up, searching contacts and posting.