COVID-19 update: Technology proves it "game changer" for black urban youth

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected urban children within the city and K-12 teachers and administrators have directed many primary and secondary schools to remain closed indefinitely. To ensure that children do not miss out on important knowledge, classes and assessments have been converted to an online format, as schools aim to remain viable and timely. However, the US now deals with the issue of a group of students who do not have reliable access to the Internet or computers at home, especially those from African American families.

In this article, we’ll discuss some of the key nuances about the digital divide to black kids as they try to face the challenge of online classes and homework. We’ll end with an appeal to a non-profit organization, From Boys to Main Network Foundation, Inc. which has been at the forefront of the playing field since 1995. Consider the four monumental points contained here:

  1. It has been found that the majority of eighth grade students in the US are largely dependent on the Internet to complete their homework successfully. A study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a 2018 study conducted by the Pew Research Center, shows that approximately 58% of students, ie 6 out of 10, have confirmed that they are almost ready to help them. Use internet daily. with their homework. Only 6% of the respondents claimed that they never access the Internet for assignment purposes. Needless to say, these trends varied depending on the background of the students, and in particular the type of community they belonged to, and the educational qualifications of their parents. For example, among students attending suburban schools, about 65% said they use the Internet almost every day to complete their homework. In contrast, only 44% of school children in towns claimed the same thing. The number of students attending schools in cities and rural areas was 58 per cent and 50 per cent, respectively. It was also found that students whose parents attended and graduated college are more willing to use the Internet at home while completing their assignments. It was found that 62% of such students use internet resources when they are faced with a challenge while completing their homework. Interestingly, only 53% of students whose parents had a post-high school education use the Internet at home at a similar frequency. The number of parents who have only a high school education or no high school education drops to 52% and 48%, respectively.

  1. Recently, the term “homework gap” is being used to indicate school goers who lack sufficient resources to complete their school work at home. This difference is seen to be more significant in the case of black, Hispanic and economically weaker families. A Pew Research Center analysis of 2015 US Census Bureau data established that approximately 15% of Americans whose children attend school were reported to have no high-speed Internet connectivity in their home. Obviously, children from low-income families are less likely to have a strong broadband connection at home. It found that of households with an annual income of less than $30,000, where children between the ages of 6 and 17 live, nearly one-third lack good Internet connectivity, as opposed to 6%, which is 35%. Number of households earning more than $75,000 per year. Again, these gaps are more pronounced when these low-income families are from black or Hispanic communities.

  1. Some children from low-income families have claimed that they do not have access to the resources needed to complete schoolwork at home. In a survey conducted by the Center in 2018, it was noted that one out of every five adolescents (nearly 17%) disclosed that at times they do not get to complete their homework because they have either a computer or a computer. There is no stable internet connection. It found that blacks and adolescents from low-income households commonly cited this as a reason for not completing assignments. To further substantiate this idea, nearly a quarter of black teens disclosed that, often or occasionally, they find it impossible to complete their homework due to a lack of an internet connection or computer, compared with 13% of white teens and 17 % of Hispanic teens. As in the previous aspect, adolescents who came from families earning less than $30,000 per year dealt with this issue more (24%) than those with incomes of at least $75,000 per year (9%). The same survey also reported that one in ten teens (12%) frequently or occasionally use public Wi-Fi to complete their school-based assignments because they do not have a stable Internet connection. it happens. Black and low-income teens are more likely to resort to these measures again. While one in five black teens succumbed to these measures (21%), only 11% of white teens and 9% of Hispanic teens faced the same problem. While 21% of teens from households with an annual income of less than $30,000 a year had to use public Wi-Fi to complete their assignments, only 11% of teens lived in homes with annual incomes of $30,000–$74,999, And it was 7. Adolescents from households earning more than $75,000 per year reported the same problem.

  2. In the homes of low-income teens, a quarter do not have a computer. This problem can be seen in one in four teens who come from families that earn less than $30,000 per year. According to a survey conducted in 2018, only 4% of households earning more than $75,000 per year do not have a computer. There is also variation on the basis of race and ethnicity. Hispanic teens are less likely to have a computer at home, with 18% reporting it as a problem, compared to 9% of white teens and 11% of black teens reporting it as a problem.

From Boys to Main Network Foundation, Inc. As a custodian representing the U.S., we are soliciting your assistance to purchase computer equipment with the aim of facilitating the e-learning process brought about by the shelter-in-place demands facing eligible school age children. . Many of our parents do not have the necessary computers, laptops, desktops etc. to facilitate this progress, so we are asking for your support. COVID-19 has devastated the demographic we represent, which is exacerbated by the fact that technology is virtually non-existent in the homes we serve. We want to raise at least $50,000 to help the over 30 needy families in our network.

Since 1995, the From Boys to Men Network Foundation, a type 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has a commitment to transforming the lives of African-American men, especially in areas of the urban US. As part of our efforts, we organize programs that address antisocial behavior among this demographic in communities, families, schools and other group settings, providing participants with valuable skills such as conflict resolution, peer mentoring, job preparation and provide them various support services. Such as consultations, field trips, medical and dental assistance, etc. Please consider a donation to our GoFundMe campaign. Your gift of any amount helps us to keep striving to even the playground and give these kids a chance for a better life!

Source by Stanley G Buford

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