Does Narrowing the Digital Divide Widen the Achievement Gap?

There is a commendable effort by many groups to increase access to broadband in the homes of disadvantaged groups. The purpose, they say, is to give these groups the ability to be more successful in school and to use the internet to find jobs. But an article in the New York Times contends that as access to the Internet has spread, children in poorer families are spending  more time using their gadgets to watch videos, play games, and connect on social networking sites. A new effort is under way to provide digital literacy training for these groups. Can these kids be taught to conquer their cyberoverload?


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