The Digital Divide and Access

3. What does the “digital divide” mean to you in your setting? Is it real or imagined?

I think the digital divide is imagined. Having access to social media and digital content is a high priority for adolescents. Just as children on free and reduced lunch find a way to own a few pairs of expensive sneakers, so it goes with access to Web 2.0. Most students have more than one way to access content–in addition to a mobile device, they might also have a tablet, an e-reader, a home computer, or access through a gaming console or a “smart TV.” There could be families consciously making the decision to not access the internet, restricting it to work use, and/or sheltering their children altogether from cyberspace.

All activity that creates identity and community is consumption and production.

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