ERIC Number: EJ726316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
How Low-Income Children Use the Internet at Home
Jackson, Linda A.; von Eye, Alexander; Biocca, Frank; Barbatsis, Gretchen; Zhao, Yong; Fitzgerald, Hiram E.
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v16 n3 p259-272 Jul 2005
HomeNetToo is a longitudinal field study designed to examine home Internet use by low-income families in the United States. Participants were 140 children, mostly African American, whose Internet use was continuously and automatically recorded for one year. This article focuses on relationships between children's main computer activities, academic interests, career aspirations, social engagement, and their Internet use. Results indicated that children used their computers mainly to play games and search the Web. Using the computer to listen to music or to e-mail was related to greater Internet use whereas using it for schoolwork was related to less Internet use. Children whose academic interest was social science used the Internet more than did children whose interest was mathematics or science. Children who aspired to careers in the professions or computing used the Internet more than did children who aspired to careers in sports, entertainment, or human services. Internet use was unrelated to social engagement. Academic performance could not explain relationships between main computer activity, academic interest, career aspirations, and Internet use. Implications for research on children's beliefs about the Internet and their influence on Internet and technology use are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Computers, Internet, Low Income Groups, Academic Achievement, Family Environment, Longitudinal Studies, Career Choice, African Americans, Online Searching, Student Attitudes, Homework
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, P.O. Box 1545, Chesapeake, VA 23327-1545. Tel: 757-366-5606.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United States