Study on Digital Inclusion and Children from Single-Parent and Two-Parent Households

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Synopsis

As Singapore rapidly progresses towards a digital economy, a fundamental challenge is to ensure that no one is left behind. While the government has put in place initiatives to bridge access divide, more needs to be done to ensure that all citizens are able to benefit from information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the same way.

This research study focuses on how different family structures and environment affect children’s adoption and use of ICTs for learning, living and leisure. The data collected will shed light on the opportunities and challenges children face in using ICTs. In turn, this knowledge will help shape policies relating to society, family and ICT use in Singapore.

This study is initiated by Dr Carol Soon and supported by the Social and Family Research Fund from the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

Eligibility

Singapore citizens who fit the following criteria are invited to participate in this study:

  • Single-parent households with children aged six to 17 years old
  • Two-parent households with children aged six to 17 years old
  • Representatives who work in not-for-profit organisations that provide assistance and services to children and families

The study will take the form of a face-to-face interview. Only one child and one parent from each household will be interviewed. For organisations, only one representative will be interviewed. The interview will be conducted by an IPS researcher at a time and location that is most convenient for the respondents, beginning from October 2017.

Contact

Please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr Carol Soon at  or at (+65) 65168372, if you would like to find out more about the study.