In 2013, children’s access to computers at home and their home Internet use was positively related to household income. At that time, 49 percent of children in households with incomes of less than $15,000 had access to a computer at home, compared with 94 percent of children in households with incomes of $75,000 or more. () Children’s Internet use at home followed a similar pattern, ranging from 33 to 71 percent. ()
White and Asian/Pacific Islander children are more likely to have access to a computer at home (87 and 91 percent, respectively, in 2013) than are black or Hispanic children (65 and 66 percent, respectively). White and Asian/Pacific Islander children are also more likely to use the Internet at home (64 and 62 percent, respectively) than are black or Hispanic children (48 and 47 percent, respectively). ()
There is little evidence that having a computer at home improves student’s academic performance, or narrows achievement gaps associated with race or socio-economic status. To the contrary, the available evidence suggests that widespread provision of home computers would have negative effects on academic achievement overall.
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