Digital redlining is the practice of income-based discrimination by Internet-service providers and other corporations who systematically exclude families in low-income neighborhoods from connecting to robust broadband Internet services. Digital redlining perpetuates inequities within racially marginalized groups, specifically through the use of digital technologies, digital content, and the Internet. In this webinar, we will discuss how digital redlining widens the digital divide and how the “homework gap” impacts students and their families. We will also highlight digital literacy’s role in helping students and their families navigate digital technologies and online information.
Join us to hear our work on digital equity at IDRA, provide a history of digital redlining and its disproportionate impact on Black and Latinx communities, and discuss forward-facing solutions to address the digital divide in Texas.
Brought to you by the IDRA EAC-South, the equity assistance center serving schools in the U.S. South to protect students’ civil rights. Learn more at: https://www.idraeacsouth.org/
Check out: Digital Destination – Texas Needs Broadband Connectivity for All Students & Families, by Thomas Marshall & Christina Quintanilla-Muñoz. IDRA’s report on the digital divide’s effects on Texas students and families and what Texas should do to secure equitable access to broadband for Texas’ most vulnerable student populations.
IDRA’s report, Plugged in, Tuned Out – A First Examination of Student Engagement Patterns in Texas Public Schools During COVID-19, by Christina Quintanilla-Muñoz. It makes clear that, in many parts of Texas, student disengagement during the pandemic was a direct result of limited broadband access.