Duke University researchers have found that having a computer at home might actually reduce student achievement in some cases. The study examined reading and math scores of North Carolina students during a five-year period and found that students who had a home computer for the full five years performed better than their peers. However, students who received a home computer during that time did worse -- especially disadvantaged students and black students. The researchers hypothesize that little parental supervision of computer use may play a role in the decline.

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