Closing the digital divide in K12
The digital divide still exists, but has shown signs of narrowing over the past six years, according to a recent study of media use by students under 8 years old by Common Sense Media.
Although students in higher-income families still have an overall advantage in access to a home computer and high-speed internet, their counterparts in lower-income families have essentially cut the gap in half in both categories.
And in the category of owning a mobile device, the gap has almost completely been erased with now nearly 96 percent of lower-income students owning one versus 99 percent of higher-income students.
The difference in having access to apps has also shrunk dramatically over the same period.