Funded by the Gates Foundation, this study surveyed a nationally representative sample of more than 1,000 African-American teen-parent dyads, on attitudes toward and use of computers and other digital technology. Our conclusion? "The shortage of young African Americans going into tech or STEM fields does not appear to be due to a lack of interest in, enjoyment of, or confidence about using computers. African American youth enjoy learning about new technology, they enjoy using computers, and they have done a lot with computers.
June 2011, Northwestern University Study This report documents differences in the role of media in the lives of White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian children in the United States: which types of media they use, how much time they spend in various media activities, which media platforms and devices they own, and what the media environment is like in their households. The data presented here are the result of new analyses of two data sets, breaking out the findings by race and ethnicity: the 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation Generation M2 survey of media use among 8- to18-year-olds, and the Foundation’s 2006 survey about media use among children age six and under (The Media Family).
June 8, 2011, Washington, D.C. How should we interpret, explain and understand the differences in media use by children of different races and ethnicities? What are the broad implications for young people and society? These were the questions that Northwestern University’s Center on Media and Human Development wanted to address at its annual Lambert Family Communications Conference. VJR Consulting brought together a lively and eclectic group of experts ranging from Federal Communications Commission member Mignon Clyburn to the head of MTV’s Latino network MTVTr3s and the Deputy Director of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.