The Digital divide

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The “Bridging the Digital Divide” video raises awareness to why it is important that all children have technological skills and  aim to achieve a good level of digital fluency.

As technology advances and our reliability for using technology increases, a new divide is to increasing between the people who can access technology and people who can’t. But the digital divide is not just focusing on the people who can access the technology but have the skills to use it. Simply an individual could have access to all the technology in the world but if they did not have the knowledge to use them than there is no use in having that access. There are several factors that can determine this digital divide and those factors are; income, age, knowledge, location, occupation, interest and many more. The factors that have the biggest effects on the divide are income, location and age. People’s income heavily effects many of the others factors and the wealthier a person is the more likely that person will own more technology than someone who couldn’t afford it. Location plays a major role in determining a person’s position on the divide because in Australia 62 percent of household have access to broadband and only 86 percent having access to the internet (Howell, 2012). The chances of someone owning more technology who lives in a city are higher than to someone who lives in a country town purely because of their internet access and the use of the technology in their location. Age is a considerable factor because due to the youth being born with a digital footprint. Where a person in their seventies would have been born in a world with lesser developed technology, knowledge is highly associated with age. Studies show benefits if more or all people in Australia are connected online (Bentley, 2014). As time passes the shift from perceiving the internet as a novelty to an essential service is happening. Bentley (2014) states “In Europe for example, access to the internet is now deemed a human right and there’s quite a groundswell of support for that to be adopted more globally.”

References

Aisch, G. (2011).(Image). Global Digital divide. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://old.driven-by-data.net/about/global-digital-divide/#/0

Bentley, P. (2014). Lack of affordable broadband creating ‘digital divide’. ABC news. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-02/bridging-the-digital-divide/5566644

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration & Creativity. South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press

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