Access to Technology
Roughly 3 out of every 4 MPN children have access to the internet at home. When explored by grade level, older students are more likely to have access to the internet compared to younger ones. The majority of these children are also most likely to access the internet on a cell phone, approximately 83%, and least likely to access it on a desktop computer, about 55%. Although cell phones have become increasingly important 21st century computing devices, this data confirms a digital divide for MPN students in their access to computers for academic purposes.
In order to gather more precise information about whether MPN students have access to the internet at home and what types of computing devices they use, the Center for Latino Policy Research conducted a classroom survey in May 2012 where data was gathered from 709 students in grades K-11. Students responded to the following questions: 1) How do you access the internet at home?; 2) Do you access it from a desktop computer?; 3) Do you access it from a laptop computer?; and, 4) Do you access it from a cell phone?