Most parents would be lost without technology

More than three-quarters of parents would be lost without technology.

A survey of 2,000 parents of children aged 3 to 7 found that they use technology to supplement their child’s learning (59%) and reading (41%) and even to help them before they are in class.

While a quarter (26%) of parents did not use technology as a learning tool, 60% believe their child progresses faster directly through technology.

More than four in five (82%) admit they would have benefited from using these tools to learn when they were younger themselves.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Duolingo ABC, a literacy app for kids, the results revealed that 71% of parents have used a learning app to help their child.

Almost three-quarters (74%) say technology makes parenting less stressful, and some parents use technology to teach their children something new, such as a second language or music (79%).

Technology also allows parents to keep tasks like sports and club schedules (68%) as well as lunches and meals (68%) organized.

In addition to additional learning, kids are using technology for creative activities (64%) and video chatting with family and friends (67%).

Millennial parents also appreciate how technology can help them increase their exposure to other cultures and people (34%) as well as teach life skills such as sharing and social interaction (39 %).

“Many parents are realizing the benefits of using technology to support additional learning – seeing firsthand how technology can help children learn independently and build confidence,” said Daniel Falabella, Director General of Duolingo ABC.

However, creating a more modern learning environment for their child has its challenges.

Parents struggled to improve their own understanding of technology (63%), teach their child how to navigate technology on their own (69%), and identify areas where their child needs help additional support (56%).

On the other hand, parents also assess the strengths of their children. One respondent said, “Because I studied his performance [in] either way…I can observe that he learns better through games, educational modules and other technological tools than without them.

Recommendations from teachers (39%) and seeing success from peers would also make parents more likely to try a learning app.

And that may just be the beginning – more than four in five parents (81%) believe technology is the future of education.

“Well-designed apps can have an incredible impact on learning, helping kids stay engaged and motivated to keep learning,” Falabella said. “The future of learning through technology is truly exciting. More families than ever have access to high-quality, personalized learning experiences.”

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