The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the need for internet connection and for technological devices among the whole population, but particularly so, among children. Having a computer connected to the internet makes the difference between being able to keep up with their education and falling behind, between staying connected with their family and friends and being isolated.
Unfortunately, not all children in Europe have a computer and/or an internet connection at home, they are digitally deprived. According to the latest wave of EU-SILC data, on average, in 2019, 5.3% of children in Europe are digitally deprived. However, there are substantial differences across European countries.
During this webinar, we will present the broader framework of digital exclusion and prevalence of digital deprivation among children in Europe based on our DigiGen analysis, including a detailed account of the individual and household socio-economic characteristics associated with children’s digital deprivation. We will suggest what the European Commission can do to better monitor the progress and discuss the impact of digital deprivation on the Roma community in particular, a group disproportionally experiencing digital exclusion.
This webinar will be relevant to academics, students, policy makers and practitioners working with children and families experiencing the digital divide and/or living in (severe) material deprivation.
Working language: English