Discover Your Digital Skill Level with This New Quiz: Are You a Tech Whiz or a Novice?

Eight in 10 parents believe digital skills should be taught in schools with the same level of importance as reading and writing.
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This comes after a study found that 80 per cent of parents believe digital skills should be taught in schools with the same importance as reading and writing.

However, research involving 2,000 parents of children aged 6-18 revealed that 44 per cent are concerned their children's current knowledge doesn't extend much beyond scrolling through social media. Two-thirds believe learning from an early age is key to building their digital toolkit, and 61 per cent think it will enhance their future career prospects.

Meanwhile, 67 per cent see it as a necessity for integration as the world becomes increasingly digitised. The study also found that 45 per cent believe coding and programming should be part of the curriculum.

Sian Laffin, at Three UK, which offers training sessions nationwide in its stores and online and commissioned the research, said: "Parents clearly want to set their children up well for the digital age. Digital literacy opens up a world of opportunities for children, providing them with the skills to learn, create, and communicate in new and innovative ways. Ensuring that children are digitally literate is crucial for their personal and academic growth. It prepares them to meet the demands of the modern workforce and society."

The research discovered that 62 per cent of respondents believe basic computer skills should be taught to children, while 54 per cent emphasised the importance of social media safety education. Typing lessons were considered essential by 52 per cent of those surveyed, and 30 per cent would appreciate children being taught basic graphic design skills.

However, a significant 74 per cent expressed concern that children without access to the latest technology could be left behind in the future job market. Furthermore, 76 per cent of participants believe a portion of a school's budget should be allocated specifically for ensuring access to the latest digital technology.

67% of parents would like a stronger understanding of how to protect themselves online.
67% of parents would like a stronger understanding of how to protect themselves online. -Credit:Getty Images - Kilito Chan

Interestingly, only 11 per cent of the parents polled rated their own digital skills as 'excellent', with 67 per cent expressing a desire for a better understanding of online protection. More than four in 10 (44 per cent) admitted to forgetting usernames or passwords for their online accounts, and 26 per cent have struggled to set up a wireless device.

A quarter of respondents also reported frustration when their Wi-Fi went down and they lacked the technical skills to fix it, according to figures from OnePoll.com.

Currently, only 53 per cent of those surveyed use technology to monitor their child, such as phone software to track their location or access their internet search history. Respondents believed that children are ready to use their own 'personal' screens, like a phone or tablet, from the age of eight.

Sian Laffin, from Three, commented: "Tech is the way of the future and will continue to impact every person in the country going forward. It's important to find a balance between understanding and being confident with technology and becoming too reliant on it. Tech education should cover both of these elements, letting young people know what options are available to them beyond social media."