A college-educated child could be taught the basics of the internet by her parents, but for many, the experience of online learning is still a struggle.
This month, the National Association of College and University Teachers is asking educators to consider how to incorporate a digital learning plan into their curriculum.
The group’s latest survey, conducted last fall, found that the majority of parents surveyed didn’t think their children would be able to fully understand the concepts of the Internet and the web by the time they graduate from high school.
The survey also found that nearly half of parents say they’re worried their children won’t be able read or understand basic information on the internet.
The data also suggests that even for those who are prepared to spend the next several years learning about the web and how to use it effectively, most parents are struggling to get their children to fully comprehend the importance of the web.
“A lot of parents think, ‘Oh, this is just a learning tool.
I’ll just use it to do something else,'” said NACUTA’s Joanne Miller.
“But the fact of the matter is, it’s one of the most powerful tools in the world, and it’s so often overlooked or misused.
And I think that’s what this survey is trying to help us understand.”
The survey asked parents to rank their children’s learning styles on a scale of 1-10.
While parents rated their children as being at or above average in one area, they didn’t necessarily rate them as being able to do the same in another area.
“It was very clear that parents were worried about how they were going to teach their children the web, so it really is a reflection of the degree to which parents are concerned about their childrens’ online learning,” said Miller.
Parents were asked if they would recommend a digital educational plan to their children.
A clear majority of those surveyed agreed with the recommendation to send a digital plan to every child in their home, but only 26 percent said their children were ready for it.
“I was shocked to see that so many parents were concerned about what it would take for their children in their lives to fully appreciate the power of the Web,” said NAPTA’s Miller.
“The fact that a majority of people are still working with the idea that kids can’t understand the Web is so disappointing.
It’s really disappointing to me because this is a tool that is incredibly important to so many families.”
The NAPTS survey also revealed that nearly three-quarters of parents said that they’d had to ask their children a question or two before they could fully understand them, with a majority stating that the difficulty of answering questions came up when they were learning to navigate the web or social media.
“Parents have been asked, ‘Do you know how to create a Web page?
How to create an account?
How do you do that?
And that’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my entire life,'” said Miller, who added that she thinks it’s important for parents to take the time to teach children about how to effectively use the web in the classroom.
“They have to be prepared to answer those questions, and I think they should.
The more they know about it, the more they’ll be able understand it.”
According to NACTA, online learning can be challenging for both kids and parents.
The group’s research also found a wide range of misconceptions and misconceptions about the Internet, such as that the internet is a place where people hide or steal, or that it’s an evil force that has brought about the downfall of society.
While the survey also indicated that a substantial number of parents feel that they’re not doing enough to teach the internet to their kids, the majority felt that they are doing their part.
Miller added that the NACTS survey offers a lot of great lessons about how educators can better prepare their children for the future.
“I think that, for parents, this survey really helps them understand what they can do to prepare their kids for what’s going to happen to the internet in the future,” she said.