In a recent EdWeek Research Center survey, more than three-quarters of teachers said
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 1 December 2020 – Two thirds of the world’s school-age children – or 1.3 billion children aged 3 to 17 years old – do not have internet connection in their homes, according to a new joint report from UNICEF and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
In 2015, 94 percent of children ages 3 to 18 had a computer at home and 61 percent of children ages 3 to 18 had internet access at home.
These data provide a pre–coronavirus pandemic snapshot of students’ digital access. Across all public schools, 81 percent of 4th-grade students and 88 percent of 8th-grade students said that they had digital access (figures 1 and 2).
Today, over 90 percent of Americans have access to the internet, many of whom could no longer imagine a life without it.
In 2019, some 95 percent of 3- to 18-year-olds had home internet access, according to the American Community Survey (ACS). Specifically, 88 percent had access through a computer,2 and 6 percent relied on a smartphone for home internet access.
Globally, only 33 per cent of children and young people have internet access at home. But there is a significant gap between high-income and low-income countries, 87 per cent coverage compared to 6 per cent, respectively.
That’s a problem, given a DepEd survey showing that, of the 6.5 million students who have access to the internet, approximately 20 percent use computer shops or other public places to go online. Worse, 2.8 million students have no way of going online at all.
Share of households with a computer at home worldwide from 2005 to 2019
In November 2020, SWS said an estimated 4.3 million or 14 percent of enrolled school-age Filipinos were exclusively participating in online distance learning while 1.2 million or 4 percent were in online distance learning mixed with modular distance learning.
In what has become known as the homework gap, an estimated 17 percent of U.S. students do not have access to computers at home and 18 percent do not have home access to broadband internet, according to an Associated Press analysis of census data.
Home. Computers are used at homes for several purposes like online bill payment, watching movies or shows at home, home tutoring, social media access, playing games, internet access, etc. They provide communication through electronic mail. They help to avail work from home facility for corporate employees.
Highlights. Among all households in 2018, 92% had at least one type of computer and 85% had a broadband internet subscription.
Key findings: Number of US households without internet
27.6 million (22.5%) of US households don’t have home internet. Over a quarter million (265,331) households use dial-up internet at home. Utah, Colorado, and California are the most-connected states.
While this quarter’s impressive milestone offers cause for optimism, it’s important to remember that roughly 40 percent of the world’s total population remains offline.
Also, 18 percent of global online users were aged 18 to 24 years.
Distribution of internet users worldwide as of 2019, by age group.
Globally, among school-age children from richest households, 58 per cent have internet connection at home, compared with only 16 per cent from the poorest households.
Today, 44.7 million students and 2.6 million teachers in more than 81,000 schools have the Internet access they need for digital learning. The report also points out that reaching the goal of connecting 99 percent of America’s K-12 students is well within our reach.
Between May 2020 and April 2021, approximately 18.23 percent of children in the United States accessed online communications media content.
The use of devices is greatest in Metro Manila, with nearly all or 96 percent of students, based on the survey. Around 64 percent of students in Balance Luzon use gadgets while 4 in 10 learners use devices in Visayas and Mindanao.
MANILA, Philippines — An SWS survey suggests around 4.4 million school-age Filipinos were not enrolled in school in late 2020 as learning shifted to the modular mode. According to the local pollster, 87% or 29.8 million of 5- to 20-year-olds were in school, but another 13% were not.
According to data from the Department of Education (DepEd), the number of students who had signed up as of 2 a.m. on Sept. 15 was 26,308,875, or 100.3 percent of last year’s enrollment. However, the total was still lower compared to the prepandemic figure of an estimated 27 million students for school year 2019-2020.
According to the ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2017, 95 percent of undergraduate students own a laptop or a smartphone and 30 percent own a laptop, a smartphone, and a tablet.
“The national Social Weather Survey of November 21-25, 2020, found 58% of enrolled school-age (5-20 years old) Filipinos using devices for distance learning. These devices were either already owned (27%), bought (12%), borrowed (10%), given (9%), or rented (0.3%),” SWS explained.
Percentage of global population accessing the internet from 2005 to 2019, by market maturity
Countries with the highest number of internet users as of Q1 2021