The Digital Divide: Does it Truly Exist Between Parents and Their Kids?
The term "digital divide" comes up frequently in discussions about kids and media use. It is commonly used to describe the differences between groups of people who use and know a lot about communication technologies – such as the internet, smartphones and tablets – and those who do not. The term can also be used to describe those who choose to use these technologies versus those who choose not to.
Many people assume, and the popular press has fueled the notion, that there is a growing digital divide between parents and children. For example, many of us have heard parents quip, "If you have a question about technology, ask your kids."
But is there really a digital divide between parents and children? And more importantly, is children's increased media use having a detrimental effect on their achievement or contributing to increased behavior problems? The surprising results of new research indicate the answers to both of these questions may be, "not really."
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