ERIC Number: ED382309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
America's Children & the Information Superhighway: A Briefing Book and National Action Agenda.
Children's Partnership, Santa Monica, CA.
A study was conducted to determine how the information highway affects today's children and to develop a set of national children's goals and an action plan for achieving them. The study's methodology included a review of relevant child development and telecommunications literature, identification of model programs, analysis of experiences with earlier technologies, and interviews with educational experts. Key findings included the following: (1) emerging information technologies will affect children's quality of life; (2) most American children do not have the skills they will need for the job market; (3) affluent parents are supplementing the information technology education their children receive at school; (4) America's school system represents the best way to teach every child information and technological skills; (5) the home is where children will most likely experience the widest range of new media; (6) new media bring new threats to children; (7) some of the most innovative uses of new information technologies are taking place in local communities; (8) the commercial marketplace cannot be counted on to take the best interests of children into account; and (9) low-income, disabled, and rural children are at particular risk of being left out. Based on these findings, goals related to information access, at-risk groups, educational needs, high-quality content, protection against abuses, industry responsibility, parent and citizen action, and youth involvement were established. To meet these goals, a seven-step action plan was developed, offering a blueprint for government and industry leaders, leaders in public, private and philanthropic sectors, parents, young people, and children's advocates. Contains 30 references. (AC)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Children, Computer Literacy, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Internet, National Surveys, Social Change, Technological Advancement
The Children's Partnership, 1460 4th Street, Suite 306, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Corporate, $15; Nonprofit, $8.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's Partnership, Santa Monica, CA.