Parents who lack Internet skills could be damaging their children’s education and job prospects, leaving them on the wrong side of the growing digital divide, researchers said Thursday.
According to research by academics at the London School of Economics, many parents lack the skills to guide their children’s Internet use. The study surveyed 1,511 young people, aged nine to 19, and 906 parents.
“Now that many young people rely on the Internet for information, homework help and careers guidance, the more it matters that some of them are getting left behind,” said Sonia Livingstone, professor of social psychology for LSE’s media and communications department. “Not knowing how to best use the Internet may have a negative impact on their education and employment opportunities.”