Children more likely to quiz Google than parent
Post by Sean Davies
on 09 March 2012 in Family & Finance
Youngsters with a burning question are not more likely to ask Google rather than one of their parents.
That's according to the results of a new survey of children aged between six and 15, carried out by Birmingham Science City. It found that 54 per cent would first turn to the internet and Google to find out the answer to a question, before looking to a parent or their teacher for help. A report by the Daily Mail said just one quarter of children would ask their parents before Google.
The research also found that encyclopaedias, once a vital tool in many households when homework was being done, have fallen well out of favour with students. Almost half of the 500 children surveyed said they had never used a printed encyclopaedia, while a quarter admitted that they didn't even know what one was.
Dr Pam Waddell, director of Birmingham Science City, said the aim of the survey was to see how approaches to research and exploration had changed as a result of the spread of digital technology. She denied the reliance children now placed on the internet was a bad thing.
Dr Waddell said: "It shows just how commonplace digital technology is for children today and how comfortable they are with using it.
"Children, no matter what generation they grow up in, have an inquisitive and curious nature, and so the fact they are able to use new technology to explore this is a positive sign for the future."
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