According to the most recent Office of National Statistics (ONS) data, the digital divide is still a major issue for young people in this country. ‘Poverty is clearly a factor in poor access to digital learning technologies and poor performance in school. The link between the two cannot be ignored’ says Judith Burns, BBC News education reporter.
According to data extracted by the National eLearning Foundation on families with children ‘99% of children in the richest 10% of households can access the internet via a computer, this dropped to 57% in the poorest 10% of households with children. In the poorest households 29% had no computer, 36% had no internet and 43% had no internet connection via a computer.’
Most staggeringly this translates to a total of 750,000 children living in households with no internet, and 650,000 without a computer.
*Judith Burns, 4th Jan 2013, A third poorest pupils ‘without internet at home’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20899109
See also Facts and Figures of the UK Digital Divide http://www.21stcenturychallenges.org/60-seconds/what-is-the-digital-divide/