Does home Internet use influence the academic performance of low-income children? Findings from the HomeNetToo project

L. A. Jackson, A. Von Eye, F. A. Biocca

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Research on the effects of home Internet use on children's academic performance is virtually nonexistent. Although parents believe that having the Internet at home is important to their children's success in school, evidence linking access to success is lacking. In the HomeNetToo project we automatically recorded the actual Internet use of 130 children (mean age=13) from low-income families for 16 months. Most of the children were African American (83%) and male (58%), and all resided in a mid-size urban community in the United States. Results indicated that Internet use predicted both grade point averages (GPAs) and standardized test scores. In general, the more frequently children used the Internet at home, the better their GPAs and standardized test scores. Implications for efforts to reduce the digital divide and facilitate access to technology for all children are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 1st Latin American Web Congress: Empowering our Web, LA-WEB 2003
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages187-193
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0769520588, 9780769520582
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event1st Latin American Web Congress, LA-WEB 2003 - Santiago, Chile
Duration: Nov 10 2003Nov 12 2003

Other

Other1st Latin American Web Congress, LA-WEB 2003
CountryChile
CitySantiago
Period11/10/0311/12/03

Keywords

  • Application software
  • Communications technology
  • Computer applications
  • Computer networks
  • Educational institutions
  • Human factors
  • Internet
  • IP networks
  • Joining processes
  • Testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Jackson, L. A., Von Eye, A., & Biocca, F. A. (2003). Does home Internet use influence the academic performance of low-income children? Findings from the HomeNetToo project. In Proceedings - 1st Latin American Web Congress: Empowering our Web, LA-WEB 2003 (pp. 187-193). [1250296] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/LAWEB.2003.1250296