Nine in ten primary school children are able to use computers

2 September, 2011

Nine in ten primary school children are able to use computers

Parents believe technology is vital to their child’s development

Almost nine in ten primary school children are able to display computer skills, new research has indicated.

A survey of parents found that 86% of five to seven-year-olds could operate a computer while 97% were able to play computer games

Whilst the majority of respondents said they believed technology was vital to their child’s development, there were concerns about the impact of social media on learning.

But just 56% were able to tell the time, while 32% could tie their shoelaces and 60% had learned how to ride a two-wheeled bike.

The majority of respondents (87%) said they believed technology was vital to their child’s development, according to the Kelkoo survey.

But there were concerns about the impact of social media on learning, with 16% of parents fearing that their child’s use of “text speak” could damage their grammatical and language skills.

Parents who are worried about the influence of technology on their child’s language may find that reading to their children could provide an extra boost to their learning.

Meanwhile, more than a quarter (26%) of parents thought that their child’s use of technology was harming their ability to create personal relationships.

And almost half (47%) of the 1,057 respondents said their child had access to internet-enabled devices – but 21% admitted that they never used the parental controls on these gadgets.