The Digital Divide Shrinks Among Children
from the well,-of-course dept
For a long time, those who have argued against worrying too much about the “digital divide” have pointed out that it’s more between generations than between rich and poor. Thus, over time, the digital divide will work itself out, as more people grow up with access to computers. A new study seems to support at least some of this theory, showing that the digital divide is much smaller among children in the US. Children in wealthier homes are more likely to have broadband access, but it appears that more and more children of every economic situation have access to the internet in some manner. While they still use it mostly for games (of course), there is evidence that they also use it for helping with homework and research.