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Children and young people's uses of the internet for homework

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Published

Journal publication date09/2006
JournalLearning, Media and Technology
Journal number3
Volume31
Number of pages15
Pages301-315
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article extends current research by more closely examining children and young people’s uses of the Internet for homework support within the familial context. In particular, it examines how young people find and deploy resources, how levels and quality of access influence use and the participation of other family members in homework support. It argues that whilst families view the Internet as a useful resource for homework, there are pitfalls which centre on the relatively high cost of home access in the UK. In some families, these costs may impact negatively on the affordances of the Internet for supporting homework and learning the functional skills and competencies needed to use the Internet autonomously.