ERIC Number: ED467133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Connecting Kids to Technology: Challenges and Opportunities. KIDS COUNT Snapshot.
Wilhelm, Tony; Carmen, Delia; Reynolds, Megan
The 2000 KIDS COUNT Data Book examined the isolation that plagues many low-income families. The lack of home Internet access will only deepen the isolation as opportunities and meaningful connections to support services become primarily available online. This snapshot examines the demographics of the digital divide between those who have and those who do not have Internet access. It discusses some implications of current trends, and highlights some efforts to bridge the divide and provide a level playing field for all children. Much of the disparity in home computer ownership is due to income. While 95% of children in households with income of $75,000 or more had a computer at home in 2001, only 33% of children in homes with income of $15,000 or less a year had a home computer. In addition, children in higher income homes were more likely to use the computer for word processing, school assignments, and other standard software applications, while children from poorer families were more likely to use the computer for games. Technical infrastructure is critical in removing the digital divide, but basic training is also necessary to remove barriers. Teacher training is vital. States are increasingly trying to ensure that students and teachers are computer literate by mandating computer proficiency, and some states are developing innovative programs to promote computer use in low-performing and low-income schools. Some policy recommendations are made to reduce the digital divide and promote computer literacy among children. (Contains 25 endnotes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Technology, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Low Income Groups, Secondary School Students
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-233-2890. For full text: http://www.kidscount.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.