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Beyond the digital divide: young people and ICT

Elwick, A; Liabo, K; Nutt, J; Simon, A; (2013) Beyond the digital divide: young people and ICT. CfBT Education Trust: Reading, UK.

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Abstract

The concept of the 'digital divide' has long been used to justify provision of free or discounted computer equipment to school students in the UK, yet 95% of households with children now have access to the internet. Only 3% of the nation's young people can be described as 'non-users' (with no access to the internet anywhere), a group that is not representative of any one socioeconomic class. Any debate over the 'digital divide' that centres purely on whether or not school students can access the internet is redundant - internet access is all but universal. Furthermore, any schemes that exist solely to provide students in this country with free equipment - not engaging in the training or usage of this equipment - are in danger of wasting the resources they have. This perspective paper, and its technical paper companion, describe the results of a literature review which investigates the digital divide in the UK.

Type: Report
Title: Beyond the digital divide: young people and ICT
ISBN-13: 978-1-909437-16-6
Publisher version: https://www.educationdevelopmenttrust.com/Educatio...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of the record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10068155
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