June 22, 2010
A new study by researchers at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy suggests that having a computer at home may actually lower student test scores, especially for low-income students. The study reports, "increased availability of high speed internet is actually associated with less frequent self-reported computer use for homework."
So what do kids use computers for? Playing video games and socializing with friends, of course. On the bright side, the study does find that parental monitoring of a child's computer use can lead to more productive time on the computer.