[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" z_index=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]“Lockdown has certainly served to highlight our reliance on virtual means of staying in touch. Critically, it has also thrown into sharp definition the issue of digital exclusion, which has been a reality for the 22% of the UK’s population who lack basic digital skills since long before the Covid-19 outbreak.” Hannah Holmes, Dr Gemma Burgess
Over the summer we’ve heard a good deal about the ways in which children living in poverty have been further disadvantaged by having no access to digital technology. A home with an income of between £6,000 – 10,000 income per annum, has a 50% chance of being without internet access. This impacts on children’s education, their contact with teachers, and their connections with peers. Children are not the only victims of digital inequality, though.