The Press Association (via the Mail) is reporting a survey that suggests the average school bag now contains £130 worth of gadgets and almost half of children (49%) take at least one to the classroom…
Some 48% of school children take a mobile phone to school – 26% own smartphones and 22% own feature phones – and 8% regularly take tablets.
But almost one in 10 children (9%) have had gadgets stolen at school and 14% have been bullied, with 58% of these children reporting they were subject to taunts about the brand they were using.
More children now do their homework on tablets (24%) than desktop computers (20%), although most (38%) use laptops, and the majority of parents (80%) say technology gives their children an educational advantage.
But 66% of parents have concerns about their children’s reliance on spell check, 61% worry about technology’s effect on handwriting and 60% about its impact on mental arithmetic skills.
The study found that more than a quarter (27%) of all lesson work and 33% of homework is now typed rather than handwritten, while 25% of school children now submit their homework by email or via an online system set up by their school.
And although most parents (82%) say technology is an essential part of their children’s lives, 43% are concerned that they will not be able to help with homework because they lack the technological nous.
The average age for a child to receive their first mobile is nine years and 10 months, the poll revealed, although 82% of parents who have bought handsets for their children do so for safety reasons, 38% cited recreational reasons and 24% said they had educational purposes in mind.
But the average British child is even younger when they receive their first tablet – at just eight years and seven months – with 75% of parents who have bought these doing so for educational purposes and 73% also citing recreational reasons.
While almost two thirds (63%) of parents restrict time spent using gadgets, 80% agree that technology has made their lives easier as it keeps their kids entertained and 70% say they have used gadgets not including televisions to keep their children quiet…
OnePoll surveyed 1,000 UK parents with children aged 17 and under online in August…
More at: ‘£130 of gadgets’ in schoolbag
It’s not clear if this survey covered primary or just secondary students but any surprises in the findings? A smartphone is surely becoming as normal for students now as a pencil case. Question is, how much longer will they still need the pens?
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