75 per cent of Canadian children net savvy at seven

MUMBAI: According to a new Ipsos Reid survey, 75 per cent of Canadian children in small families who use the Internet are proficient on it when they are just seven.

Additionally, the majority of Canadian parents (69 per cent) think that it’s important for children to be technology-savvy from an early age.

The National Canadians and Technology survey, commissioned by Telus, polled 4,466 respondents and found that more than half of parents with teens think that internet encourages independent learning.

In fact, 44 per cent of dads believe that limiting their children’s use of technology will hold them back. According to the survey, 74 per cent of children are allowed to spend between one and five hours per week on the internet; 59 per cent of teens agree that they cannot live without access to the internet.

But the survey also illustrates that Canadians believe that the internet, mobile phones and television have a broader purpose: as an integral link connecting modern families and bringing them closer together.

Says University of Toronto‘s Dr. Barry Wellman, “Canadian families have moved from being groups to being social networks. Each family member goes about their separate agendas but links up at night and by new media throughout the day.

"Their lives have expanded beyond their homes and neighbourhoods and at the same time, we’re communicating more than ever.”

Majority of Canadians believe that a core value of technology is its ability to strengthen relationships: 83 per cent of respondents who strongly agree that technology helps keep their family organised, also say that the internet has improved their connection with family and friends.

Additionally, 57 per cent of Canadians agree that pre-recorded TV helps them stay close to their family because it gives them the freedom to watch their favourite shows when they have time together.

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