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Wired kids: Today's youth riding the technology wave

AP -- If kids today seem more computer savvy than ever, it's because they are.

About 90 percent of people ages five to 17 use computers, and 59 percent of them use the Internet -- rates that are, in both cases, higher than those of adults.

Even kindergartners are becoming more plugged in: One out of four five-year-olds uses the Internet.

The figures come from a new Education Department analysis completed in 2001. A second report from the agency, based on 2002 data, shows 99 percent of public schools have Internet access, up from 35 percent eight years ago.

Like adults, young people are going online for a range of reasons. Almost three in four use the Internet for help with school assignments, while more than half use it either for writing e-mail, sending instant messages to friends or playing games.

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