ICT and Me

Research into young people's use of ICT.

ICT and Me is the first ever piece of research in Northern Ireland studying the link between young people's level of access to, and usage of, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and how this subsequently impacts on GCSE attainment.

Supported by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, our three-year study followed 600 young people in Year 11 and Year 12 in some of Northern Ireland’s most deprived areas.

Key findings

They study showed that while ICT has become an integral part of young people’s lives, how often it is used and how it is used (whether for homework or leisure purposes) has an important bearing on how well young people perform in their GCSEs.

We found that:

  • 41% of children who use gaming devices twice per day achieve five good GCSE grades, compared to 77% of those who played games rarely.

  • School staff were particularly concerned about the extent of gaming, reporting a number of issues relating to attendance, punctuality and motivation.

  • No link was found between use of social media and exam performance.

  • Four in 10 pupils spend four or more hours online.

  • Much computer use is recreational, with 43% of pupils spending less than an hour each day using a computer for homework.

Download the full version of the report or watch our animation presenting more of the report’s key findings:

Contact us

For more information about the project, contact enquiriesni@ncb.org.uk.