chapter  3
Research Study
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In today’s society, “the public generally agrees that for children to participate socially, economically, and politically in this new and different world, they must acquire a certain level of comfort and competence in using computers” (Shields & Behrman, 2000, p. 5). The number of parents providing their children with access to computers in the home setting has increased and “among households with children ages 2 to 17, home computer ownership jumped from 48% in 1996 to 70% in 2000” (p. 5).