NEW research reveals 9 out of 10 parents believe home education will damage their children’s future.
As the UK awaits news on the easing of lockdown, shocking research shows 9 out of 10 parents are worried about how homeschooling will affect their children’s future.
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Curry’s PC World has teamed up with TV’s Dick and Dom to launch a competition for kids to win techCredit: Jam Press
A report, which has been released today by Curry’s PC World, as part of a larger campaign, also revealed that 67% of parents are wracked with guilt over the situation – despite it being out of their control.
Much of this is due to lack of technology at home to help the students learn.
In fact, two thirds of parents are currently sharing their work laptops with their kids.
What’s more, one in five say their work laptops are now exclusively used for schoolwork and 32% admit they don’t have the required resources.
Children are currently set to return to schools on 8 March, as announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson – however, families are still worried about long-term implications from the past year of disrupted learning.
STEM subjects, science, technology, engineering and maths, is the biggest concern as two thirds of parents say they don’t feel confident in teaching at home when it comes to these topics.
The news is doubly distressing, as 85% of parents want their kids to get more involved in STEM.
In an effort to help, Curry’s PC World – which commissioned the research – has teamed up with TV’s Dick and Dom, who ran a popular children’s TV show between 2009-2011, to launch a competition to win tech – so they don’t have to worry about missing out.
The interactive competition asks children from across the nation to create their very own dream robots and the best design will be given a grand prize of £5,000 to spend at the retailer.
Additionally, the winning robot will also be professionally illustrated and put on display at Curry’s PC World’s stores in the UK.
Some parents revealed they are struggling to keep the children entertained.
Dr Lorna Bourke, principal lecturer at the department of psychology at Liverpool Hope University, shares some tips on how creating tech together – such as a robot – could help the whole family.
She said: “Lockdown has been tough on everyone, but without school interaction, parents might find that kids are suffering the most and their long-term social and creative development will be at risk.
“To combat this, it’s strongly encouraged that children continue to take part in as many creative activities as possible, helping to keep their motivation high and their brain active with new ideas and experiments.
“Creative activities can include technology to make them more accessible or to provide inspiration.
“There are a large variety of child-friendly, safe, creatives activities available online, or installed directly in children’s technology which are open for all to use.
“By setting a creative task which parents can oversee, whether technology-based or not, it will help strengthen the family bond and reduce some of the parental guilt when pre-occupied.”
Dick and Dom started off the fun by launching the ‘BoreDOMbot’ – which they hope will inspire families to join in.
“We might be too old to enter the competition but that didn’t stop us having a go and building ‘The BoreDOMbot’, which has a huge LCD TV screen for a head and removable game controller ears, it definitely kept us entertained for a few days!,” said the TV presenters.
“With a once-in-a-lifetime prize up for grabs, there has never been a more motivating reason to get creative in the home.
“It doesn’t matter what resources you have, paper and pens, paint, glue, cardboard boxes or even toilet rolls, put it all together and create your dream tech-robot with Currys PC World for some fun lockdown entertainment!”
As for what kind of robots can be submitted, the sky is the limit.
Kids are encouraged to design any kind of shape, size, whacky or weird product they want – either drawing it on a piece of paper or creating a full prototype if they so wish, with any kind of materials. The only requirement is that the robot’s body be based on everyday tech.
“We want to help parents nationwide with the everyday lockdown pressures and encourage children to get involved in a fun, creative activity to keep them occupied by creating their dream tech-robot,” added Dean Kramer, director of consumer electronics.
“Having the chance to have their design used across all Currys PC World stores across the nation will be a first for us, and we can’t wait for the winning entry.
“The design will be used to showcase the wide range of amazing kids technology available, helping children find the best devices to learn, study and keep entertained.”