Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Study: Digital Divide Separates Children

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many more white children use the Internet than do Hispanic and black students, a reminder that going online is hardly a way of life for everyone.

Two of every three white students -- 67 percent -- use the Internet, but less than half of blacks and Hispanics do, according to federal data released Tuesday. For Hispanics the figure is 44 percent; for blacks, it's 47 percent.

"This creates incredible barriers for minorities," said Mark Lloyd, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and an expert on how communications influence civil rights.

Not using the Internet "narrows their ability to even think about the kind of work they can be doing," Lloyd said. "It doesn't prepare them for a world in which they're going to be expected to know how to do these things."

Kids use the Internet most often for completing school assignments, the new study says.

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[IndyChristian Commentary: This is one of the very reasons we do what we do at the cafe each Saturday morning (10am til noon) -- we help our friends & neighbors cross the digital divide, the multicultural divide, and God's eternal divide.]

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