Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Shalom M. Fisch
Today's children are growing up in a world filled with media, and the reach of one such medium, the Internet, has grown with meteoric speed. Widespread use of the Internet by children has given rise to numerous questions of interest to developmentalists and educators, and only some of these questions have been answered through empirical research. In some respects, research has suggested that children's interactions with the Internet greatly resemble their interactions with traditional media such as television. At the same time, however, new questions have also been raised by children's use of this new medium. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that, in the year 2000, 65% of children aged 3–17 lived in households with computers. Moreover, although the “digital divide” continues to endure with regard to home access (as seen in significant differences in access across ethnic or socioeconomic lines), efforts toward wiring schools with computers appear ...