The Smith Family has long recognized the importance technology plays in a child’s education. Since 2007, we have delivered over 4,300 computers and internet packages under our Tech Pack program to Australian families in need.
In an independent evaluation of the Tech Pack program by Victoria University in 2010, participants reported increased feelings of social inclusion and connectedness in relation to “keeping up with the rest of the world.” This evaluation also confirmed positive change for parents and their children in both skill and personal development. 97% of participants reported that having a computer (provided through Tech Packs) in the home helped with their child’s school work in 2015/16.
Recently we reviewed our Tech Pack program to ensure it is still meeting the needs of our families. This review made a number of recommendations including transitioning Tech Packs into our new Digital Access program. Our new Digital Access program will enable us to continue to meet the needs of our families in this ever changing technology world.