The Scary Digital Divide For Children

A digital divide is taking place in our country: Children in more affluent areas are spending much less time on screens and phones than kids in less advantaged communities. New York Times’ writer Nellie Bowles discusses with leading digital experts in her article: “The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected.” Dr. Richard Freed, “Families that have access to more resources are choosing to decrease the amount of time kids spend on screens and phones because of increased recognition of risks to kids’ emotional well-being and academic success.

Lower-income communities need to be provided access to the same resources or we risk increases in already troubling income and racial achievement disparities.”