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Child Development and Family Relations- The Digital Divide

by: Kara Fields

Child Development and Family Relations- The Digital Divide CDFR 2001

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Power point all about the digital divide.
Child Development II: Middle Childhood through Young Adulthood
Dr. Carrie Bumgarner
child development, family relations, Family Sciences, the digital divide, digital divide, adolescents
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Date Created: 04/12/16
TheDigital Divide Kara Fields, Sarah Pearce, Hannah Ward, Davon Grayson, and Dayon Pratt TheDigitalDivide The Digital divide refers to the socioeconomic and other disparities between people who have opportunities and skills enabling them to benefit from digital resources, especially the Internet, and those who do not have these opportunities or skills ● This divide has had many affects on the educational, social, physical and emotional aspects of our generation ● There have been numerous efforts to narrow the divide with programs that encourage device usage as an educational tool, as well making technology more accessible for underprivileged schools Positiveaspectsofelectronics... ● Electronics are useful for communication, schoolwork, and entertainment. ● Encourage positive cognitive learning and development of analytical skills, which could help build up innovative thinking, investigative skills, strategic thinking, and foster the creativity potential of kids. ● Games designed to move up levels and earning scores to survive encourage mathematical and engineering skills. Some games can also help develop hand, eye and mental coordination. ● Besides being an educational and learning media, people have the opinion that electronics are a good medium to distract stress, while providing fun and entertainment. Negativeaspectsofelectronics... Teens overusing electronics aren’t getting enough sleep. ● A Norway study has suggested that using electronic devices during the day and most importantly in the final hour preceding bedtime was linked to an increased risk of needing more than 60 minutes to fall asleep. ● Almost 97% percent of all American Adolescents are reported to have at least one electronic media device in their bedroom. ● Screen use in excess of 4 hours during daytime was linked with a 49% greater risk of needing longer than an hour to fall asleep, and an increase of 3.5 times the likelihood of getting less than 5 hours of sleep. Continued... ● Increased obesity risk (33% of teens) ○ Can promote a sedentary lifestyle. ○ Obese teens are more likely to grow up to become obese adults, giving them an increased risk for chronic health conditions late in life. ○ Trading just 30 minutes of electronic time per day for physical activity can help significantly reduce the risks. ● Increased aggression ● For those teens who include violent television and violent video games. ● More likely to fight with their peers, argue with their teachers and generally engage in more aggressive behaviors. ● Potential mental health problems ● Playing video games can increase depression in teens who have a predisposition to social or mental health problems. ● May turn to video games for relief, but then become addicted to playing, causing social, academic, and emotional problems that may last well into adulthood. DigitalDivideinEducation ● BYOD- Bring Your Own Device ○ Students bringing a device (laptop, computer, smartphone) to use during classroom instruction ● Using this technique requires the teacher to recognize the classroom dynamics and weigh the learning outcomes with the skills needed for students to be successful ● Standardized testing HowtofixtheDivide ● Reducing the Divide in education requires reducing the need for internet connectivity at home ○ 1:1 programs ● Schools can download textbooks and other programs onto the device without the connection to the Internet being necessary ○ Teachers can then encourage homework assignments that don’t require the Internet WhatneedstobedonetobridgetheDigitalDivide? The Knight Foundation has outlined 1) Focus on Digital Literacy five main points that nonprofits and 2) Provide computers civic leaders seeking to close the digital divide in their communities 3) Remove other financial barriers should consider 4) Lower the cost of technology 5) Partner for success Whatisbeingdoneto Several organizations have formed with the closethegaponthe purpose of helping bridge the Digital Divide, both nationally and worldwide, such as: DigitalDivide? ● Close the Gap ● Byte Back ● The Gates Library Initiative ● The Knight Foundation ExpandingAccess ● Providing a wireless study hall ● “Rolling study halls” where students can work on assignments going to and from school while riding the bus ● Working with the community ○ YMCA, libraries, coffee shops ● Non-Profits are working with telecommunication operators to help provide internet connectivity that is affordable for families for free and reduced lunches References Algar, J. (2015, February 03). Teens Overusing Electronics Aren't Getting Enough Sleep. Retrieved April 10, 2016, from Barseghian, T. (2013, March 13). For Low-Income Kids, Access to Devices Could Be the Equalizer. Retrieved April 10, 2016, from Berry, K. (2015, August 6). The Negative Effects Electronics Have on Teens. Retrieved April 10, 2016, from http: // Bridging the Digital Divide. (n.d.). Retrieved April 10, 2016, from http://www.networkforgood. org/topics/education/digitaldivide/ Five lessons in bridging the digital divide. (2015, April 5). Retrieved April 10, 2016, from http://knightfoundation. org/blogs/knightblog/2012/4/5/five-lessons-bridging-digital-divide/ Garland, S. (2012, July 16). Online tests and the digital divide: Will poor children be left behind? Retrieved April 10, 2016, from Johnson, D. (2015, February). Membership. Retrieved April 10, 2016, from http://www.ascd. org/publications/educational-leadership/feb15/vol72/num05/Helping-to-Close-the-Digital-Divide.aspx Tustin, R. 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