Does the internet make kids smarter? A July 28 report from a team of researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) contends that children who use the internet at home perform better on standardized tests and generally achieve higher grade-

point averages than their less web-savvy peers.

The 16-month HomeNetToo project--funded with $1.5 million in National Science Foundation grant monies--surveyed 140 school-age children and 120 adults from predominantly low-income households and was intended to demonstrate how low-income families use the internet at home. In particular, researchers were interested in uncovering what...

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