ERIC Number: ED458318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Disconnected Kids: Children without a Phone at Home. Kids Count Snapshot.
This report uses data from the Census Bureau's Annual March Current Population Survey to show trends of children in households without available telephones. The percentage of children without phones at home declined significantly during the 1990s, though 4.3 million children were still phoneless. In 2000, 16 percent of children living in poverty did not have phones, compared with 4 percent of children living in households with income above the poverty level. There was a relationship between family income and the likelihood of having a phone at home. About 85 percent of children living in households without a phone also did not have a computer at home. Children who belonged to ethnic and racial groups already suffering from social isolation and marginalization were more likely to be phoneless. Children living in the country's toughest neighborhoods and in central cities or rural areas were the least likely to have telephones. Geographic patterns of phone availability tended to follow patterns of overall disadvantage. There were significant state differences in phone availability. Many state and local governments have implemented lifeline programs to enable low-income households to obtain telephone service at discounted rates. (SM)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Children, Family Income, Minority Groups, Poverty, Public Policy, Socioeconomic Influences, Telephone Communications Systems
For full text: http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/snapshot.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.