Internet access good for teenagers?

A while back I looked at the ONS data for internet access in the UK which showed continued growth in the proportion of internet connected households.

Last month, to coincide with the publication of Teenagers and Technology, the University of Oxford put out a press release with details of a study into the impact of the lack of internet access on teenagers. The headline conclusion is that those without net access are ‘educationally disadvantaged’:

Behind the statistics, our qualitative research shows that these disconnected young people are clearly missing out both educationally and socially

It goes on to assert that the benefits of internet access outweigh the disadvantages that parents often focus on.

Not that I’d ever fall into that category…

Want the wifi pwd 4 today? Unload the d’washer; make your beds; tidy your rooms; take out the trash. #generationz #parents