Report | Over A Million UK Kids Have No Home Computer Access

By SpiderGuest

29 December 2010

The Department for Education have concluded further to findings that over a million British school kids have absolutely no access to a computer at home.

With computers at home being an important tool for school kids to prepare homework and use as a research tool for reference, The Department for Education said that UK children were ‘lacking access to computers at home’.

Not only is there the figure of over a million inaccessible to computers at home but the E-Learning Foundation charity found that two million were unable to get online. The E-Learning Foundation’s main objective is to make sure that every ‘British school-aged child’ has access to a computer despite their ‘social spectrum’.

The E-Learning Foundation’s chief executive, Valerie Thompson, said: “With so many children swamped with gifts from family and friends over the Christmas period it is important we reflect on the fact that millions of children live in poverty in this country.”

“For those at school, this translates into very tangible disadvantages when it comes to completing homework, researching topics, independent learning, and communicating with teachers and classmates on the school learning platform.

“Without the use of a computer and the ability to go online at home the attainment gap that characterises children from low income families is simply going to get worse.”

Via BBC News & TechRadar

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