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Visual Education and The Internet Camp: A Study of Underprivileged Children and Their Web Pages
Unformatted Document Text:  11 stage of the camp. Twenty-eight children participated in the survey. 9 All of them were from African American backgrounds. Seventeen girls and eleven boys filled out questionnaires. As already mentioned, they came from different educational levels. Most of the children were in middle school, but about 30% were in elementary school. Fifty percent of the children came from single-parent homes (they lived with their mother only) and 14% did not live with either their biological mother or father. One child, for example, indicated that she lived with her aunt. About 85% said they spent some time on the computer on a daily basis. Sixty percent said that they played computer games at least once a week. Almost 70% said they spent at least one hour a day on the Internet. About 30% had ever used e-mail. 70% had visited chat rooms. So, this group of children was involved with the Internet and computers at some level. The children demonstrated a rather savvy knowledge of the Internet. The children were asked, what is the Internet? Roughly 14% said that they did not know. Several children mentioned something about finding information and talking or “chatting” with people. Here are some of their quotes: 10 Χ “I think the Internet can be described as a system that you can use to find specific information and chat with different people in the world,” Χ “a way to communicate with people all over the world and a way to get information,” Χ “a place to explore and meet people and find out many different things,” Χ “a place you can go on the computer to search for something or someone,” 9 As already mentioned, the number of children at the camp fluctuated from day to day. Toward the end of the second week of the camp there were as many as 35-40 children attending. 10 In a few cases the quotes were edited for spelling and grammar.

Authors: Mullen, Lawrence.
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stage of the camp. Twenty-eight children participated in the survey.
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All of them were from
African American backgrounds. Seventeen girls and eleven boys filled out questionnaires. As
already mentioned, they came from different educational levels. Most of the children were in
middle school, but about 30% were in elementary school. Fifty percent of the children came
from single-parent homes (they lived with their mother only) and 14% did not live with either
their biological mother or father. One child, for example, indicated that she lived with her aunt.
About 85% said they spent some time on the computer on a daily basis. Sixty percent
said that they played computer games at least once a week. Almost 70% said they spent at least
one hour a day on the Internet. About 30% had ever used e-mail. 70% had visited chat rooms.
So, this group of children was involved with the Internet and computers at some level.
The children demonstrated a rather savvy knowledge of the Internet. The children were
asked, what is the Internet? Roughly 14% said that they did not know. Several children
mentioned something about finding information and talking or “chatting” with people. Here are
some of their quotes:
10
Χ
“I think the Internet can be described as a system that you can use to find specific
information and chat with different people in the world,”
Χ
“a way to communicate with people all over the world and a way to get information,”
Χ
“a place to explore and meet people and find out many different things,”
Χ
“a place you can go on the computer to search for something or someone,”
9
As already mentioned, the number of children at the camp fluctuated from day to day.
Toward the end of the second week of the camp there were as many as 35-40 children attending.
10
In a few cases the quotes were edited for spelling and grammar.


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