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Document Number: 7084

Computer and Internet Use by Students in 2003 - This report examines the use of computers and the Internet by American children enrolled in nursery school and students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The report examines the percentage of individuals in the population who are users, the ways in which students use the technologies, where the use occurs (home, school and other locations) and the relationships of these aspects of computer and Internet use to demographic and socioeconomic characteristics such as students' age and race/ethnicity and their parents' education and family income. An important finding is that schools appear to help narrow the disparities between different types of students in terms of computer use. Differences in the rates of computer use are smaller at school than they are at home when considering such characteristics as race/ethnicity, family income and parental education. (Matthew DeBell and Chris Chapman, National Center for Education Statistics, September 2006) ...


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