Study finds digital divide in Qatar society

There exists a wide technological divide between children and their parents in Qatari society. Though many e-education initiatives are technologically and pedagogically effective, children may not enroll because of parental anxiety, says Qatar’s Global Information Technology Report 2007-2008.”In Qatari society, the issue of inappropriate content on the Internet is a huge barrier to wholesale adoption of the technology. Some parents resist children’s Internet use and a wide technological divide exists between children and their parents. Although parents can protect their children physically from negative influences, they feel vulnerable when it comes to the Internet. So, although many e-education initiatives are technologically and pedagogically effective, children may not enroll because of parental anxiety. Qatar will offer parents and teachers training and e-security programmes,” the document presented at the World Economic Forum 2008 says.
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