Survey Reveals Parents’ Thoughts About Tech in Children’s Schools

Most parents favored use of tech in school, with many believing it was key to closing gap between rich and poor

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Much discussion has been had about the use of technology in children’s education, but a new survey gets into the heads of their parents and how they feel about the integration of technology.

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The results of the study, which was conducted by Lieberman Research Worldwide for the public radio show Marketplace, found parents “feel good” about the growing use of technology in education, with many thinking it improves the quality of their children’s education.

Here are some key findings found in the survey of parents of kids in grades 3-12, across various socioeconomic statuses, and at public, private and charter institutions.


  • 98% of parents said their children used technology for their schoolwork
  • Of those, 59% only used a household device, 13% used only school-provided devices and 28% used both
  • Overall, 83% of students used the devices for research, 63% to print assignments, 57% to access email, 55% to submit assignments and 54% to take tests
  • 71% of parents said school tech improved their children’s educations
  • All things being equal, 64% of parents said technology helped level the playing field between rich and poor children. This view was held by 75% of Asian/other parents, 73% of Hispanic parents, 69% of African American parents and 59% of Caucasian parents
  • 84% of parents said email helped them communicate with teachers
  • 80% said they were better able to keep up with their children’s progress
  • 80% said it was easier to be involved in their children’s education
  • 78% said they were comfortable helping their children with technology
  • 78% said school technology made their lives easier

But parents also had concerns about the use of technology, specifically data privacy (79%), collection and use of data (76%), accessing inappropriate content (72%), kids being exposed to advertising (72%), opportunities for cheating and fraud (64%) and being able to keep up their own tech savvy with that of their children (58%).

And overall, 67% of parents did not mind if their children increased screen time if it was related to school work. Fifty-six percent also said that the use of technology “encourages my child to think for himself/herself.”

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