Title: The digital divide: implications for the eSafety of children and adolescents

Authors: Gila Cohen Zilka

Addresses: Department for Teaching Social Science and Communication, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 5290002, Israel; Achva Academic College, Yinon, Israel

Abstract: The digital divide is the gap between those who are digitally literate and those who are not, between those who do and do not have access to digital environments. The implications of the divide for the eSafety of children and adolescents are the topic of this paper. Three hundred forty-five Israeli children and adolescents participated in this mixed-method study. Safe browsing was found to be affected by the digital divide. Children and adolescents who have digital equipment at home displayed higher eSafety skills and computer literacy than did children who have no digital equipment or those who have only few such devices. Lack or limited access to a digital environment results in absence of eSafety skills and lower computer literacy. As a result, these children are at higher risk of being cyberbullied than are children with access to digital environments and those who have better eSafety skills.

Keywords: eSafety; cyberbullying; digital divide; children; adolescents; disadvantaged populations; e-readiness.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2019.096736

International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2019 Vol.11 No.1, pp.20 - 35

Received: 26 Aug 2017
Accepted: 26 Dec 2017

Published online: 10 Dec 2018 *

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