Slipping Through the Net: Are disadvantaged young people being left further behind in the digital era?

December 2016

Slipping through the net

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) access, skills and relevant content are not equally available to all. This unique report sets out to analyse the range of digital skills that young people from different backgrounds possess.

Disadvantaged young people are likely to have lower quality access and lower levels of digital skills which impede their ability to take up education and employment opportunities. This is also likely to prevent them from avoiding risks that might lead to physical or emotional harm.

This report aims to shed some light on the troubling inequalities in digital engagement which exist today between disadvantaged and advantaged young people.

Client: The Prince's Trust

Authors: Ellen J. Helsper with the assistance of Svetlana Smirnova

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