become comfortable with a tool he or she will encounter later in life.
"You'd be surprised at how many kids do not have access to the
Internet," said Fot.
The U.S. Department of Commerce found that 93.8 percent of American
households have telephones. Thirty-six percent have home computers,
and 18.6 percent have Internet access.
Electronic mail access has increased almost 400 percent since
1994, according to the 1999 report "Falling through the Net II."
But the divide between computer haves and have-nots has grown since
People in rural areas and inner cities, poor families, black families
and those headed by young parents or by single mothers are less likely to
have computers and Internet access at home, compared to
Computers, as well as Internet access, are not luxuries,
have access, everyone should have access.
It's the same standard she applies to books, newspapers and magazines
in a democratic society. Such a system relies on an informed, educated
population, with easy access to information.
More and more, these days, information is available online.
"If you don't have that access, you're going to be
disenfranchised," Wright said.