School Campaigners Want Every Child to Have Home Internet Access

By Jack Tomlin on at

Not enough children have access to the internet at home. This is according to a new campaign group, Mind The Gap, who aim to extend access to 100,000 children within a year – especially targeting the poorest households – to ensure that young students can get online to do homework, revision and individual study.

In England, the group is also working with schools to secure 'pupil premium' which is funding paid by the government to schools to help disadvantaged children to pay for broadband connections and suitable hardware.

The thrust of Mind The Gap's campaign is to reverse the trend that sees pupils from poorer households underachieving academically at school. Figures show that only 37 per cent of children who receive free school meals – i.e the poorer students – gained A*–C grades in Maths and English GCSE, compared to 63 per cent of other children.

Mind the Gap encourages and will help schools to ensure that all their students are online at home. Achieving this will earn the school a "digitally inclusive" certification.

Do you agree with this campaign? Is the internet vital for children to study at home? Do you think it could perhaps lead to more distraction from their studies? Do you allow your child on the web to do work? If so, do you supervise it to ensure they are working? [BBC]

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