More than half (54 per cent) of parents are worried that their child will start school behind their peers if they don’t have any interaction with technology at home, according to a new report.
Indeed, the majority of parents (91 per cent) believe it is important for children to be familiar with current technology and software, and that it will be beneficial as they get older.
Despite this, there can be too much of a good thing, as 71 per cent of parents still like to monitor the amount of time their children spend using technology, revealed by a survey of 2,000 UK adults published in the Technology Trends Report 2017 by gadgets and technology e-tailer, LaptopsDirect.co.uk.
Traditionally, parents have often agonised over how much time their kids spent using gadgets but as technology develops, an overwhelming proportion of parents now recognise the necessity of kids getting to grips with it, and being comfortable in a digital world.
Three quarters (74 per cent) of parents admitted using technology had helped improve their children’s problem solving skills, while more than one in two (56 per cent) believe technology has bettered their motor skills.
Two-thirds (67 per cent) of parents felt the use of technology had improved their children’s literacy skills as they now read more, while 46 per cent felt it has enhanced their language skills, with applications such as voice command and Siri now commonplace.
Mark Kelly, marketing manager at LaptopsDirect.co.uk said: “Incorporating gadgets such as tablets, laptops and smartphones into interactive play with children is a good way to familiarise them with today’s technology. There are plenty of apps designed to boost literacy, mathematical and motor skills in children. It’s great to see the vast majority of parents recognise the importance of familiarising kids with gadgets at a young age.
“Parents’ concerns about their children being behind their peers if denied access to technology shows that they understand how important it is for their children to be able to interact with the latest gadgets, as school learning and tests become more technology based.”
Parents believe their children should be of high school age (11 years old) before they own their own smartphone or tablet with internet capability.