This UK Authority article provides an overview of the minimum digital living standard for households with children, developed by the Good Things Foundation, a charity for digital inclusion. The standard was created after conducting comprehensive research across the UK, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, Nominet, and Welsh Government, to answer the minimum basket of digital goods, services, and skills households need to live and participate in the digital world. The research found that digital access is now essential for family life; poverty is a predominant barrier for many households with children to meet the standard, with over four in ten households, or 3.7 million, falling below this. Additionally, findings indicate that one in four families do not have parents with the skills to understand how to preserve digital safety. The project has led to numerous research outputs and publications that can be accessed on the Minimum Digital Living Standard website.


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