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Study shows: Children prefer to learn with digital media

Student survey: 45% have the most fun learning with electronic media. | © scoyoComputers, tablets and smartphones are becoming more and more popular and everyday school and learning life can hardly be imagined without it - at least that is how it would be if it were according to the wishes of the children.

A survey * commissioned by the online learning specialist scoyo showed that 45 percent of children between the ages of six and 13 prefer digital learning and have the most fun here. Among the boys, every second person prefers learning with computers and mobile devices. Only 15 percent of the students surveyed prefer to practice with classic textbooks.

Daniel Bialecki, managing director of scoyo, explains why digital learning is so popular with children as follows:

“With animation and sound, digital learning programs address several senses at the same time. It's fun and motivates you to quickly try out what you have learned in practice. "


Digital learning: media literacy as an important side effect

Digital media are part of children's reality from an early age. According to the 2012 KIM study (Children + Media), published by the Media Education Research Association Southwest, 62 percent of six to 13 year olds regularly use the Internet. In the opinion of educators and educational researchers, it is becoming increasingly important that they should learn to use computers, tablets and smartphones properly at an early age:

“School lessons should be based on the experiences of the children. This includes situational learning and methods of learning that are more closely related to the children's daily life - for example with modern media ", says the neurobiologist Martin Korte.

When pupils repeat learning content in a playful way with digital media, this has an important side effect: They increase their media skills.

You can find more information, tips and checklists about learning on the Internet in our free guide.

Children want more digital learning, but parents are insecure

Parent survey: 28% of parents say that their children prefer hands-on learning. | © scoyo Many mothers and fathers also observe the little ones' enthusiasm for digital media. In a Forsa survey ** among parents of school-age children, one in five stated that their offspring have the most fun learning when they solve tasks on the computer. Parents only see a greater fun factor in practice-oriented work (28 percent).

Discussion topic media time

But in families there are often heated discussions about how long children can sit in front of the screen. Advice from media educators varies depending on the age of the children. For elementary school students, the recommendations averaged a maximum of one hour per day - whether in front of the television, the computer or the console. Experts agree that parents should regulate the nature and extent of computer-based learning.

Daniel Bialecki recommends: “It is helpful and sensible for parents to accompany their children with the first steps on the computer or on the Internet. A digital learning environment must be ad-free. In addition, parents and children should jointly determine the duration of the study. "You can find more tips on the right support when dealing with digital media here. Find out how fit your child is when it comes to media literacy with our large type test.

How can school be more fun?

When asked how learning could be more fun for school, there are three outstanding answers:

  • more practical exercises
  • no homework
  • increased use of computers in the classroom


* Nationwide FACT online survey on behalf of scoyo. 860 children between the ages of 5 and 13 were surveyed. Summer 2013.
** Representative, nationwide Forsa survey on behalf of scoyo. 1,005 people aged 25 to 59 with children up to 13 years of age in the household were surveyed. Summer 2013.

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