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Parents See Tech as Beneficial to Education

A new survey of more than 1,000 parents of students aged 17 or younger found that technology is viewed largely in a positive light, at least when it's used in schools as part of a child's education.

According to the survey, a vast majority of parents (86 percent) said they see technology as a benefit to their children's education. The survey, conducted by Microsoft and YouGov, polled 1,011 parents of school-aged children to gauge their attitudes toward technology's role in education.

Among the other findings:

  • 63 percent of parents "worry their child is spending too much time on tech at home."
  • But that percentage is flipped when it comes to tech at school, with only 38 percent of parents worried their kids are spending to much time using tech in their education.
  • 75 percent said tech companies should be helping schools to develop students' digital skills.
  • 67 per4cent said state and federal governments aren't doing enough to "equip schools to build kids' digital skills."

Parents See Tech as Beneficial to Education

Further information can be found on the Microsoft Education site.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).

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