Digital Inclusion Research Project 2020
Social Research NZ will be conducting research into increasing digital inclusion outcomes for families.
Existing research, policies and education have focused largely on pragmatic means such as providing internet access and improving children’s digital skills to overcome persistent inequalities in children’s effective use of digital technologies. Despite such efforts over the last 20 years digital exclusion still persists, , and addressing this has become more urgent with the rapid digitalisation of the economy and society. The need to address digital inclusion has also been amplified by the global Covid19 pandemic which has forced business to close, families into isolation, and New Zealand schools to transition to online teaching. Now more than ever, families are called upon to use digital technologies and so we need to understand what other barriers (beyond access and skills) there may be to achieving better digital inclusion outcomes. This project takes a fresh approach by exploring family dispositions toward digital technologies, and seeks to understand how such dispositions may influence children’s digital inclusion now and in the future.
Further information about the project will be posted shortly.