Family economic status impacts inequality in digital literacy: survey

Students at a middle school in Yeosu, South Jeolla province attend in-person classes on June 7, 2021. The provincial education bureau has resumed face-to-face learning in all elementary, middle schools and regional secondary on the same day.  (Yonhap)

Students at a middle school in Yeosu, South Jeolla province attend in-person classes on June 7, 2021. The provincial education bureau has resumed face-to-face learning in all elementary, middle schools and regional secondary on the same day. (Yonhap)

SEOUL, August 30 (Korea Bizwire)While the government has moved to nurture digital talent, there is an inequity in digital literacy based on a family’s economic status among middle and high school students, a survey found on Monday.

The Seoul Institute of Education Research and Information conducted a survey of 13,141 middle and high school students in Seoul, which found that respondents from “affluent” families had the highest score at 3.26 points in digital literacy, followed by those in the “middle class”. families (3.11 points) and “poor” families (3.07 points).

Respondents were divided into three groups based on their perception of their family’s financial situation.

The average scores among all respondents were 3.28 points for media use, 3.22 points for critical thinking towards media content, 3.08 points for online collaboration and 2.97 points for creative application.

Respondents from more financially well-off families tend to perform better in all of these categories.

Similar differences were observed in responses to most questions in different categories.

When asked if using electronic materials or videos in class helped them with their studies, 24.6% said it helped them “a lot”, while 56.4% said it helped them. ” a lot “.

Ashley Song ([email protected])