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This study by Robert Hart-Fletcher into children in KOKO's SuperClubsPLUS community looks closely at the nature of collaboration between parents and children, and asks:

How do parents engage with children learning with new technology at home?

How can fathers and mothers better support their children’s learning?

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Learning in the Family

  1. 1. Learner Voice Research Learning in the Family Parental Engagement in Children’s Learning with Technology KidsOKOnline with the University of Hertfordshire Sponsored by the Department for Education, UK © Copyright 2011 Kids OK ONline Limited 1
  2. 2. Learner Voice Research The Context © Copyright 2011 Kids OK ONline Limited 2
  3. 3. Learning in the Family Research Context - Focus on the Family The UK Children’s Plan suggested the next steps for improving children’s lives in the UK must be taken in partnership with parents and children. This was also manifested in the Government’s £300m HomeLearner Voice Research Access project which provides computers and internet access to families to enhance learning at home. This research takes a timely look at how 4600 children learn with technology in the context of their families. © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 3
  4. 4. Learning in the Family Research Context - Children Using Technology KidsOKOnline (KOKO) has a rare access to a large population of authenticated UK school children aged 6-14 Members of KOKO’s Safe Social Learning Networks, SuperClubsPLUS and GoldStarCafe. Willing and able research participants, highly motivated andLearner Voice Research they generally take time to give thoughtful, reliable responses. So we can research the thinking and behaviour of children, who regularly use ICT in their learning at home and at school. © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 4
  5. 5. Learning in the Family Research Context - Children Take Learning Home Technology enables children to take their learning home. 60% of activity in KOKO’s communities happens at home. In April 2007, LTScotland independent researched children, teachers and parents in SuperClubsPLUS (SCP): “The majority of parents said their children usedLearner Voice Research SuperClubsPLUS at home. 56% said SCP was used daily. 44% indicated it was used several times a week.” So, these children can help us understand how learning with technology happens in the context of the family,. © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 5
  6. 6. Learning in the Family Research Context - Parents Collaborate with Children A very large majority of parents were encouraged by their children’s use of SuperClubsPLUS to collaborate with their children: “84% of parents said that SuperClubsPLUS raised their child’s attainment and encouraged parents to collaborateLearner Voice Research with their children on school work.” © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 6
  7. 7. Learning in the Family Research Context - What Can We Learn? This study looks more closely at the nature of this collaboration between parents and children, and we ask: How do parents engage with children learning with new technology at home?Learner Voice Research How can fathers and mothers better support their children’s learning? © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 7
  8. 8. Learning in the Family Research Approach We conducted two online surveys, the first with a sample of 4606 children aged 6 to 14 The second survey went into more depth with a further 2535 children To understand more about how the family becameLearner Voice Research involved with children’s learning, we then interviewed twelve families. We present an overview of how the Internet fits in children’s daily lives and how they engage in learning with their families. © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 8
  9. 9. Learner Voice Research The Children © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 9
  10. 10. Learning in the Family Research base 4600 rigorously authenticated children sampled from a population of over 200,000 taken from over 8,000 UK classrooms Members of SuperClubsPLUS (6-12) and GoldStarCafe (11-14) safe social learning networksLearner Voice Research Demographics: broadly representative of UK population in location, gender, ethnicity, religion, social background. – Ipsos Mori Voluntary online surveys Telephone interviews © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 10
  11. 11. Learner Voice Research Learning in the Family SuperClubsPLUS.com – social learning network for primary © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 11
  12. 12. Learner Voice Research Learning in the Family GoldStarCafe.net– social learning network for secondary © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 12
  13. 13. Learning in the Family Research sample locationLearner Voice Research © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 13
  14. 14. Learning in the Family Research respondents gender Boys Boys 41% 43% Girls GirlsLearner Voice Research 59% 57% Survey 1 Survey 2 © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 14
  15. 15. Learning in the Family Research respondents age range (year group) 28% 26%25% 23% 24% 18% 15%15%Learner Voice Research 10% 8% 4% 3% Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 Y7 Y8 Survey 1 Survey 2 © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 15
  16. 16. Learner Voice Research Key Findings © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 16
  17. 17. Learning in the Family Key Findings It is clear from this research that many children use the Internet at home with their parents. Their mothers are particularly engaged with their homework and formal learning and take an interest in their online safety. Fathers join in to a lesser extent but encourageLearner Voice Research children with the fun aspects and help them with their hobbies. © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 17
  18. 18. Learning in the Family Access to technology at home Summary: Technology Children use at Home Almost all the children surveyed Computer / laptop 92% had access to a computer and the TV 73% Internet at home. 92% said they used Games console 65%Learner Voice Research a computer or laptop at home. Hand held device 65% Mobile phone 58% Digital TV 39% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% %Children © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 18
  19. 19. Learning in the Family Access to technology at home Most children had access Technology at Home - by Age to handheld devices, games 100% 93% 93% 90% 92% consoles and mobile 86% phones. 80% 75% 77% 71% 67%Learner Voice Research %Children 62% 60% Computer / laptop TV 40% Games console Hand held device Mobile phone Digital TV 20% Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 Y7 © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 19
  20. 20. Learning in the Family Access to technology at home Girls have the edge in use of new Technology at Home - by Gender technologies at home. Computer / laptop 88% 94% (94%) of girls used a computer or laptop vs. (88%) of boys. TV 68% 76% Girls are more likely to watch TV Games console 69% 62% (76% girls; 68% boys) haveLearner Voice Research mobiles (64% girls; 50% boys) Hand held device 61% 68% and hand held devices (68% girls; 61% boys). Mobile phone 50% 64% Boys are a little more likely to Digital TV 42% 37% have games consoles (69% boys; 62% girls). 0% 50% 100% 150% 200% %Children Boys Girls © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 20
  21. 21. Learning in the Family Internet access at home Most children (91%) use a Internet Access with Devices at Home computer or laptop to access the internet at Computer/laptop 91% home, with a minority using other devices. Mobile phone 20% 17% use their games console and 15% use a Games console 17%Learner Voice Research hand held gaming device. Hand held device 15% Digital TV 9% No Internet 4% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% %Children © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 21
  22. 22. Learning in the Family Internet access at home 20% of children use their mobile phones to get Access to the Internet at Home - by Mobile Phone online 80% 74% Mobile access increases 67% with age. 60% 51% Mobile ownership outstrips %Children their use for Internet 39%Learner Voice Research 40% access. 31% 20% 25% 22% 15% 15% 18% 0% Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 Y7 Access by Mobile Mobile ownershhip © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 22
  23. 23. Learning in the Family Internet access at home Boys are twice as likely to Access to the Internet at Home - by Gender use their games console to access the Internet. Computer/laptop 88% 94% (23% boys; 12% girls). Mobile phone 21% 19% Games console 23% 12%Learner Voice Research Hand held device 19% 12% Digital TV 12%7% No Internet 5% 3% 0% 50% 100% 150% %Children Boys Girls © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 23
  24. 24. Learning in the Family What do children use the Internet for? Internet Activity - Every Day by Gender Children’s chosen Internet activities are Play games 54% 42% mostly for fun and Community 49% 42% socialization. Emailing 40% 35% Messaging 36% 28%Learner Voice Research Music 36% 27% Information 35% 26% Homework 34% 26% Chat room 27% 17% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% %Children Boys Girls © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 24
  25. 25. Learning in the Family How the Internet fits into family life. On a typical school day, nearly six in ten children say they go online as soon as they come home from school (58%). Internet Use – School Day - by Child’s Gender Slightly fewer children use the internet 150% after their evening meal (56%). One in four go online just before they go to bed (24%) 100%Learner Voice Research 61% %Children Almost two in ten before school (18%). 56% Older children are more likely to access 50% the Internet before bedtime but less 14% 60% 23% 51% likely to access before they go to 24% 26% school. 0% Before school When I get home After evening meal Just before bed Boys Girls © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 25
  26. 26. Learning in the Family How the Internet fits into family life. Spending time with the family comes Children’s Activity - Aggregated Time top of the agenda for children during Weekdays vs Weekends & Holidays the school week, but the Internet has become a very important part of Family 119 138 children’s days. Internet 79 97 On a school day, children spend 79 Friends 72 80 minutes on the Internet and watch TV TV 68 77Learner Voice Research for 68 minutes. 80% spend up to 30 Games 48 56 minutes reading for pleasure. 76% Reading 42 45 play computer Games for up to 30 Homework 36 35 minutes. 63% use their phone or mobile for 10 minutes or less. Phone 33 32 0 65 130 195 260 Child-Minutes Weekdays Weekends & Holidays © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 26
  27. 27. Learning in the Family Family supervision Supervision - Who is in the room? When children use the internet at home, the majority say that Mum 44% someone else is in the room with them (63%). Dad 35% Most children are supervised by Nobody 35% their mothers (44%), followed Brother 26% by father (35%) and siblingsLearner Voice Research (25%). Sister 25% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% Supervising Parent - Gender %Children Dad Mum 44% 56% © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 27
  28. 28. Learning in the Family Family supervision Internet Access - Mother’s Supervision For all age groups, Mum is more likely to be in the room than Dad. 60% 49% 51% Parent supervision drops a little as children 44% 44% 45% get older, but still almost half the children 45% have Mum on hand when they’re on the %Children Internet. 39% 39% 30% 35% 36% 33%Learner Voice Research 15% 0% Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 Y7 Age by Year Group Mum Dad © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 28
  29. 29. Learning in the Family Family supervision Girls are generally more likely to be supervised by both Mum and Dad. Supervising Parent - by Child’s GenderLearner Voice Research Mum 38% 49% Dad 31% 39% 0% 30% 60% 90% %Children Boys Girls © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 29
  30. 30. Learning in the Family Family supervision Nearly half the children use the internet in a communal family space (49%), but one third use it in their own bedrooms (30%). Location of Internet Access Living/lounge dining/kitchen 49% My bedroom 30% Study home-office 29%Learner Voice Research Move around (laptop) 21% Parents bedroom 10% Sibling’s bedroom 10% Hallway/landing 10% No Internet 3% 0% 25% 50% %Children © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 30
  31. 31. Learning in the Family Family supervision Private Bedroom Access - by Gender Of those who use the Internet in the privacy of their own Girls bedrooms, 53% are boys and Boys 47% 47% are girls. 53% As children get older they are more likely to access the Internet in their own private space.Learner Voice Research Internet Access - My Bedroom 40% 36% 35% 31% %Children 29% 30% 26% 27% 25% 20% 15% Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 Y7 Age by Year Group © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 31
  32. 32. Learning in the Family Family engagement Most of the children (55%) who had the Internet at home said they did get help from their families. Who Helps Children? - Family Closeness 43% including more boys and older children claim nobody Parents 77% helped them.Learner Voice Research Siblings 36% Uncles & aunts 18% Cousins 17% Grandparents 16% Neighbours 9% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% %Children © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 32
  33. 33. Learning in the Family Family engagement The Helping Parent - by Child’s Gender Mothers are more likely to help than fathers. Mum 41% 35% Of those who get help from parents, 53% are helped by Dad 37% 33% Mum and 47% by Dad. 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% %ChildrenLearner Voice Research Boys Girls Who Helps the Children - Mum or Dad? Dad Mum 47% 53% © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 33
  34. 34. Learning in the Family Family engagement The majority of children (about 8 in 10) help other family members use the Internet. They mostly help Mum and Dad, Who do children help - Family Closeness then siblings, grandparents, other family members and neighbours. Parents 81% Siblings 56%Learner Voice Research Grandparents 48% Cousins 25% Uncles & aunts 18% Neighbours 13% 0% 30% 60% 90% %Children © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 34
  35. 35. Learning in the Family Family engagement Parent Helped - by Child’s Gender 59% of Mums get help compared Mum 42% 51% with 41% of Dads. Overall mothers are more likely Dad 30% 36% than fathers to engage with their children when they use the 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Internet. %Children Boys GirlsLearner Voice Research Which Parents do Children Help? Dad 41% Mum 59% © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 35
  36. 36. Learning in the Family Family engagement Becta’s Harnessing Technology Review 2008 suggests “There is relatively little evidence to date on the use of technology to support family learning”. But there does seem to be strong evidence that, at least for members of these social learning communities, children and parents help each other and learn together.Learner Voice Research © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 36
  37. 37. Learning in the Family How do parents help? Which parent gets involved? A Parents are most likely to help with technical problems on the Technical problem 21% 32% 28% computer and with using the Internet for homework 30% 9% 27% internet for formal learning Internet for information 24% 12% 25% and homework). Computer for homework 26% 9% 25% Three quarters of children Internet to learn 23% 10% 24% (77%) ask their parents forLearner Voice Research help with using the internet for CD-Rom to learn 20% 15% 19% homework while only 42% ask Games console 15% 12% 17% parents for help with fun Computer for fun 16% 8% 15% activities. Internet for fun 16% 7% 15% 0% 30% 60% 90% %Children Mum Dad Both © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 37
  38. 38. Learning in the Family Which parent helps - Homework When using the internet at home to do homework, 3 in 4 children say they ask their parents for help (77%). Of those that ask for help, 28% say they ask both parents Parent helping with Internet for Homework equally. For those that ask one parent, it’s more likely to be Mum (26%) than Dad (9%). Mum more If we look at those who ask both but prefer Mum over Dad 26%Learner Voice Research and add those who want Mum only, Mums are twice as popular as helpers with 50% choosing Mum versus 22% choosing dad. Mum Equal Younger children (Y3) tend to ask their mothers only more 24% 28% for help than both parents equally. Dad Dad more 9% 13% © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 38
  39. 39. Learning in the Family Which parent helps - Fun When they use the internet for fun, the majority of children don’t ask their parents for help (58%). Of the 42% that do, 27% of children say they ask Parent helping with Internet for Fun both parents equally - the same as for using the internet for homework (see table on previous page). Mum more 20%Learner Voice Research Similarly most children prefer help from Mum (43%) rather than Dad (30%), although Dad was Mum 23% more welcome to help with fun activities than he was with homework activities. Equal 27% Dad more 14% Dad 16% © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 39
  40. 40. Learning in the Family How do parents help? Which parent gets involved? Parents who do help become closely Ask what Im doing 32% 8% 43% involved with their children’s internet Help me 22% 13% 40% use. Explain things 22% 13% 38% 83% of parents who help, check Answer my questions 21% 10% 41% Check my work afterwards 24% 8% 30% what their children do online. Talk to me about what Im doing 23% 10% 28% Praise or encourage me 18% 8% 33% Keep an eye on what Im doing 21% 9% 28%Learner Voice Research Check what games Im playing 20% 10% 28% Stay in the same room 21% 8% 26% Check the computer afterwards 19% 12% 21% Use the internet with me 18% 9% 22% Talk to me afterwards about what I did 19% 7% 23% Sit with me 18% 8% 19% Get annoyed with me asking questions or for help 15% 6% 15% Get annoyed with me using computer or internet 14% 6% 14% 0% 30% 60% 90% %Children Mum Dad Both © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 40
  41. 41. Learning in the Family How do parents help? Which parent gets involved? 75% of parents who help explain Ask what Im doing 32% 8% 43% things and 72% answer children’s Help me 22% 13% 40% questions. Explain things 22% 13% 38% Answer my questions 21% 10% 41% 61% talk to the child about what he Check my work afterwards 24% 8% 30% or she is doing. Talk to me about what Im doing 23% 10% 28% 59% praise or encourage the child Praise or encourage me 18% 8% 33% when using the internet. Keep an eye on what Im doing 21% 9% 28%Learner Voice Research Check what games Im playing 20% 10% 28% 52% check their children’s Stay in the same room 21% 8% 26% computer history. Check the computer afterwards 19% 12% 21% Use the internet with me 18% 9% 22% Talk to me afterwards about what I did 19% 7% 23% Sit with me 18% 8% 19% Get annoyed with me asking questions or for help 15% 6% 15% Get annoyed with me using computer or internet 14% 6% 14% 0% 30% 60% 9 %Children Mum Dad Both © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 41
  42. 42. Learning in the Family How do parents help? Which parent gets involved? Children report, just over Ask what Im doing 32% 8% 43% one third of parents get Help me 22% 13% 40% irritated with their children Explain things 22% 13% 38% for staying on the internet Answer my questions 21% 10% 41% too long or for asking Check my work afterwards 24% 8% 30% questions. Talk to me about what Im doing 23% 10% 28% Praise or encourage me 18% 8% 33% Keep an eye on what Im doing 21% 9% 28%Learner Voice Research Check what games Im playing 20% 10% 28% Stay in the same room 21% 8% 26% Check the computer afterwards 19% 12% 21% Use the internet with me 18% 9% 22% Talk to me afterwards about what I did 19% 7% 23% Sit with me 18% 8% 19% Get annoyed with me asking questions or for help 15% 6% 15% Get annoyed with me using computer or internet 14% 6% 14% 0% 30% 60% 9 %Children Mum Dad Both © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 42
  43. 43. Learning in the Family Mothers take the lead Parent helping with Internet for Homework Overall, mothers are more likely Mum more than fathers to engage with their 26% children using new technologies especially when it comes to formal learning or research. Equal Mum 24% 28% Fathers are more engaged with solving technical problems and with Dad moreLearner Voice Research Dad fun activities. 9% 13% Parent helping with Internet for Fun Mums are twice as popular as helpers with 50% of children Mum more choosing Mum to help, versus 22% 20% choosing dad. Mum 23% Equal 27% Dad more 14% Dad 16% © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 43
  44. 44. Learning in the Family Mothers take the lead The mothers were the mostly experienced and capable computer and Internet users. Who is the Computer & Internet Expert? Half the families in the interview sample reported that the mother used the computer and the Internet Sibling most. 8%Learner Voice Research Mother The mother and the child were 33% Father equally likely to be the computer 25% and Internet expert in the family, ahead of the fathers and siblings. Child 33% © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 44
  45. 45. Learning in the Family Mothers take the lead We asked for what the mothers mostly used the Mother’s use of the Internet Internet. Posting own content (eg photos videos blogs) 8% The most popular use Watching videos 17% was keeping in touch with friends and family Check whats going on in the local area 25% by email, instant Listening to/ downloading music 25% message and Skype. Studying 33%Learner Voice Research Three quarters of the Reading the news/ sport 33% mothers used the Searching for information other than for work 58% Internet for online Planning/ booking holidays 58% shopping. For work 58% Online shopping 75% Keeping in touch with friends and family 83% 0% 30% 60% 90% % Mothers © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 45
  46. 46. Learning in the Family Mothers take the lead Just over half the mothers used the Internet for work, Mother’s use of the Internet searching for information and booking holidays. Posting own content (eg photos videos blogs) 8% Watching videos 17% Overall most of their usage was for Check whats going on in the local area 25% communication and Listening to/ downloading music 25% consumption. Only one Studying 33%Learner Voice Research mother said she posted Reading the news/ sport 33% her own content (E.g. Searching for information other than for work 58% photos, videos or blogs). Planning/ booking holidays 58% For work 58% Online shopping 75% Keeping in touch with friends and family 83% 0% 30% 60% 90% % Mothers © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 46
  47. 47. Learning in the Family What do children learn from parents? Children say their parents help them learn a huge range of skills: how to type faster. how to prepare presentations, spreadsheets or use programmes such as Word or Paint. They report learning specific skills like copying and pasting. using email, playing online or computer games, using SuperClubsPLUS or GoldStarCafe, downloading and uploading content.Learner Voice Research They learn how to do homework or projects for school and they learn about online safety. © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 47
  48. 48. Learning in the Family Keeping children safe online In all the families interviewed, the parents restricted the child’s Internet access – half of them through direct supervision and a quarter each by restricting the sites children visit or by using site-blocking software. Three quarters of the mothers said they knew mostly everything that their children did on theLearner Voice Research Internet. © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 48
  49. 49. Learning in the Family Commitment to learning All the parents interviewed thought it was important to help children with the internet because of its relevance in society. They also saw it as an vital learning tool. Some parents stressed that the internet is only one among many things they help their children with, and they see helping children learn as anLearner Voice Research essential aspect of parenting. © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 49
  50. 50. Learning in the Family Improving parental engagement 40% of children surveyed wanted to see an improvement in parental involvement. Improving parents help with the Internet More time to help me 84%Learner Voice Research Know more about computers or the internet 21% Explain things better 21% More interest in my homework or what I do 17% Dad doesnt help but I dont mind 17% I wish my mum would help more 12% I wish my dad would help more 11% 0% 30% 60% 90% %Children © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 50
  51. 51. Learning in the Family Improving parental engagement The majority of children who wanted improvement said they’d like their parents to have more time to help (84%). About half (52%) said it would help if parents knew more about computers or the Internet. Improving parents help with the Internet More time to help me 84%Learner Voice Research Know more about computers or the internet 21% Explain things better 21% More interest in my homework or what I do 17% Dad doesnt help but I dont mind 17% I wish my mum would help more 12% I wish my dad would help more 11% 0% 30% 60% 90% %Children © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 51
  52. 52. Learning in the Family Improving parental engagement Many of the parents who were interviewed said they would like to learn more through online courses, through the television or through their school or local college. Improving parents help with the Internet More time to help me 84%Learner Voice Research Know more about computers or the internet 21% Explain things better 21% More interest in my homework or what I do 17% Dad doesnt help but I dont mind 17% I wish my mum would help more 12% I wish my dad would help more 11% 0% 30% 60% 90% %Children © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 52
  53. 53. Learner Voice Research Parents & Children Talking © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 53
  54. 54. Learning in the Family Working at the Internet together “I help him searching on Google, we will search together. I will be with him when he is doing his homework in the same room and ask him all the time what he is doing. He generally knows where he can andLearner Voice Research can’t go. We play the games together, but apart from that he knows how to work it better than me. - Mother of Joe, Year 5 © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 54
  55. 55. Learning in the Family Working at the Internet together “He uses the xbox 360 and chats with friends remotely. He would have the internet on at the same time looking for cheats. He would have half an hours homework each day about 6.30-7.00, but it doesnt always involve the internet.” – MotherLearner Voice Research © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 55
  56. 56. Learning in the Family Working at the Internet together “Its important to teach skills of how to use the computer and internet efficiently as its an essential tool in todays society and education system. Teaching internet safety is increasingly important as they get older and become moreLearner Voice Research independent in their use of the internet, especially when peer pressure to join unsafe social networking sites arises.” – Mother © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 56
  57. 57. Learning in the Family Working at the Internet together “My dad teaches me how to use microsoft powerpoint/excel/word etc. and emails because he knows a lot about that because of his job. He taught me lots of things in excel and also some shortcuts because he does a lot of spreadsheets at work and home. Me and my dad play a game online called Runescape,Learner Voice Research and he taught me a new way to train and make money on it. Mum helped me on the internet when I was researching for my money, money, money topic. She helped me because she explained all the information and helped me to understand it.” – Jack © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 57
  58. 58. Learning in the Family Working at the Internet together “You can always self-help, cant you? You just go on and start exploring. Some people are scared of technology. Ive seen programmes on TV, especially these abbreviations that the child uses. If theyre talking in chat rooms theres certain abbreviations, like parent overLearner Voice Research shoulder POS... makes you more aware of whats going on. If they dont want you to see something, theyll either minimize it quick or put something like that.” – Mother © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 58
  59. 59. Learning in the Family Working at the Internet together “She would go on GoldStarCafe first when she gets in from school - 3.30-4.30. She often does sports. Once or twice she would like to look things up, shopping and things. She goes onto swim shops and looks online for different items. She will look up things for homework for school,Learner Voice Research maybe once a week, but it depends on how often she is set homework. She does a lot of making invitations for birthdays, Barbeques, and prints them off.” – Mother © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 59
  60. 60. Learning in the Family Working at the Internet together “Mum helps me with loads of things. She tells me about not giving personal details out, she will help me download pictures from the digital camera to the computer, or help with searching on Google.” – LaurenLearner Voice Research © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 60
  61. 61. Learning in the Family Working at the Internet together “Her dad works long days, so [he doesn’t help] as often. They would go on Ebay for pursuing hobbies and collectibles.” – MotherLearner Voice Research © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 61
  62. 62. Learning in the Family Working at the Internet together “A few months ago, i had a French test at school, so my mum sat with me and searched the internet for a good French website for kids. She wrote down all the main words and phrases to remember, then she tested me on it. I passed my test with flying colours,Learner Voice Research and I think it was all because of her help.” - Lauren © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 62
  63. 63. Learning in the Family Working at the Internet together “Her geography homework was to find five places in the world that are special to her, say why they are special and research facts about them. I helped her find suitable facts on Wikipedia, she then took the pictures and facts and pasted them into Word. I helped withLearner Voice Research sending it over the home network to the printer. – Mother © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 63
  64. 64. Learning in the Family Working at the Internet together “Its important that they are supervised in a controlled environment and safeguarded from accessing any inappropriate sites. Getting involved and doing things together enriches a childs learning. Safety online is also important. If she is just using SuperClubsPLUS, she doesnt need any help, its just other areas of the internet. Her skillsLearner Voice Research are already better than mine, so I would like to be able to keep up. I trust her at the moment, but I’m not sure I will when shes a teenager. At the moment I think I give her enough help, but I would like to do more in the future.” – Mother © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 64
  65. 65. Learning in the Family Working at the Internet together “Run course so parents can increase their confidence, … a meeting just to show the parents what the children can do [on the internet]. Parents dont realize how capable children are.” - Mother “Knowing more about sites and security features, signs and what they mean. Things toLearner Voice Research look for - warning signs associated with unsafe sites. A home-based learning package would help as I have no childcare and can’t attend courses.” – Mother © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 65
  66. 66. Learner Voice Research Parents & Children Talking © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 66
  67. 67. Learning in the Family Challenges for Policy & Provision Need to know more In-depth online studies of children’s learning behaviour at home and at school Profiles of individual children’s online learning behaviour and experience over significant period Compare home and school, parent and teacherLearner Voice Research In-depth field studies of child - parent interaction around learning with technology to identify how to optimize the learning and social experience for child and parent How does parent-child learning interaction vary with social class and ethnicity? What support do parents need? How could support be delivered at point of need? © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 67
  68. 68. Learning in the Family Challenges for Policy & Provision Kids take the lead Know more than parents Calculus and periodic table = interesting New opportunity for true family learningLearner Voice Research Family learning activities Family tree Family history Family calender © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 68
  69. 69. Learning in the Family Challenges for Policy & Provision Expect non-sequential learning Led by Curiosity and Need for Competence In-Time learning On-Need learning Global by defaultLearner Voice Research Global communities of connected independent learners Global availability of experts Best Teachers in the World Opportunity for intercultural & interpersonal understanding Global interdependence - political, economic, social, environmental Eye witnesses sharing experiences as they happen Kenya civil war Australian bush fires © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 69
  70. 70. Learning in the Family Challenges for Policy & Provision Internet Safety - Opportunities and Risks Need for family Internet education In school On TVLearner Voice Research Through practice © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 70
  71. 71. Learning in the Family Credits Becta Sponsored the research project Robert Hart-Fletcher, Director of Research for KidsOKOnline, lead the research initiative. Professor Karen Pine, Professor of Developmental Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire, contributed toLearner Voice Research research design. Dr. Magdelena Bober - Research Consultant, contributed to research design, analysis and reporting. © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 71
  72. 72. Learner Voice Research Learning in the Family Parental Engagement in Children’s Learning with Technology KidsOKOnline with the University of Hertfordshire Sponsored by Becta © Copyright 2011 Kids OK Online Limited 72

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