Digital divide?

Read an article in Dutch newspaper NRC (Dutch only) covering interesting research by the SCP, the Dutch Social and Cultural Planning agency, into the use of technology by Dutch teenagers aged 13-18 and the role of their parents in this use. Most eye-opening conclusions to me:

  • There is no such thing as a digital divide. If there’s one, it’s between mothers and the rest of the family. More than half of all mothers say they cannot use computers very well.
  • The extended use of  computers does not lead to social isolation. Instead, it is more likely to lead to a social extension of the lives of teenagers.

And the no-brainer of the research, but important nonetheless: although parents know pretty well what their children do online they don’t talk about it with them very often. And not surprisingly, not talking about this behaviour could lead to separation between parents and kids.

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