Social Responsibility and Engaging the Entire Family

Increasing Digital Inclusion is Socially Responsible and the Entire Family Must be Engaged in the Home Learning Process

Cost relevance and literacy are barriers to adoption and those barriers affect some sub-sections of our population more than other sections. Since broadband is a gateway to the empowerment that the Internet offers, it is socially responsible to encourage broadband adoption and digital inclusion. Computers for Youth has learned that it is vitally important to involve the entire family. Parents play a critical role and are the gatekeepers in the home and their engagement in the learning process facilitates home learning, digital inclusion, and digital literacy. Speakers at the Roadmap to Broadband Adoption held in Washington DC by the USIIA, Net Literacy, and Broadband for America included:

  • Karen Perry, FCC National Broadband Taskforce
  • Blair Levin, Communications & Society Fellow, Aspen Institute
  • Elisabeth Stock, President, Computers for Youth
Increasing Digital Inclusion is Socially Responsible and the Entire Family Must be Engaged in the Home Learning Process
Increasing Digital Inclusion is Socially Responsible and the Entire Family Must be Engaged in the Home Learning Process


NGOs Work With ISP Associations to Increase Digital Literacy Awareness

ISP organizations and NGO can partner together to increase awareness and help engage the government and other stakeholders in a discussion of digital inclusion and digital literacy best practices.  With nearly 150 attendees and speakers representing government, ISPs, and NGOs, the Broadband Adoption Summit thoughtfully discussed barriers to and catalysts that will enhance broadband adoption. The summit was held in Washington DC and co-sponsored by Net Literacy, the US Internet Industry Association, and Broadband for America.

A Roadmap To Broadband Adoption

Mayor Richards Explains the Impact of Digital Literacy NGOs

Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richards Talks about Net Literacy at the 2007 Killer Apps Conference.


The Digital Divide Initiative

The Digital Divide Initiative builds bridges to opportunity through innovative partnerships to bring technology to underserved populations.

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Senior Connects on Retirement Living TV Part I

Senior Connects Program – This program promotes senior citizen computer and Internet literacy by supplying computers and training materials; or by building public computer labs and teaching senior citizens (and especially those seniors that are mobility impaired or lack reliable transportation)computer and Internet skills. Senior Connects (www.seniorconnects.org) has provided many residents with their first access to public computer labs within their own facilities. The students do all of the installation, computer and software set-up and training – while the management of the facilities must agree to install and maintain Internet access for its residents. Many seniors are excited to learn basic applications and are especially enthused by the prospect of sending email to family members. Just as importantly, these extensive community service activities have provided the student-volunteers with invaluable leadership and interpersonal skills to complement their technical expertise. The program is changing and each Senior Connects team will be anchored in a high school. Some high schools are piloting programs that invites senior citizens into the schools and use the school’s computer labs.

Save the Children-Bridging the Digital Divide in Bolivia

Save the Children’s Technology and Education Program addresses the poverty and educational challenges facing Bolivia’s children and youth by providing innovative technology training for them and their teachers. Learn more: http://tinyurl.com/tw-000011


Can Miles tackle the Digital Divide?

Did you know there are lots of disadvantaged school kids, about 2 million, who can’t get access to a computer or the Internet at home. This means they are missing out on everything computers have to offer. To find out why computers are so important, Miles decides to conduct an experiment.


A Digital Inclusion NGO Helps to Increase Digital Inclusion

1. Senior Connects Program – This program promotes senior citizen computer and Internet literacy by supplying computers and training materials; or by building public computer labs and teaching senior citizens (and especially those seniors that are mobility impaired or lack reliable transportation)computer and Internet skills (www.seniorconnects.org).

2. Safe Connects Program – With Internet predators and chat room bullying, finding effective ways to educate children about Internet safety has become a critical issue that is not often addressed in our schools – and this Net Literacy program has established a “student-teaching-students/parents” model program for school systems throughout America (www.safeconnects.org).

3. Community Connects Program – Computer Connects’ is another Net Literacy program that has built hundreds of computer labs to increase computer access to the underserved (www.communityconnects.org).

4. Computer Connects – Every Saturday, from many schools gather to work together to repurpose thousands of computers in support of the Community Connects and Senior Connects programs.  Student volunteers dispose of unusable computers in an EPA compliant manner, preventing computers and monitors from being delivered to landfills (www.computerconnects.org).

5. Financial Connects – Financial literacy is a critical life and job skills and this website includes 200 “best of web” financial literacy videos and interactive games after an exhaustive research project that included a review of more than 5000 financial literacy websites (www.financialconnects.org).