Social divide stays in online learning

BBC News are reporting that there are strong social divisions in how young people use digital technology, according to international research from the OECD.

The economics think tank found that in many countries wealthy and poor pupils spent similar amounts of time online.

But richer youngsters were much more likely to use the internet for learning rather than games.

But the findings were criticised as “simplistic” by Mark Chambers, chief executive of Naace, the UK body supporting the use of computers in schools.

Mr Chambers said it was no surprise that the wealthy would have the most confidence and take the most advantage of new technology.

 “Schools should work to reduce social divisions” he said, “rather than retrenching to Victorian approaches”.

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Why do you think such social divides exist among young people when it comes to using the internet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Nellie

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  1. Roger

    Why? Because wealthier parents tend to be more driven, and drive their children harder, with higher expectations. Also, they tend to spend less time with their children, so an app or a site which provides the type of learning less wealthy parents are providing personally to their children is ideal.

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