Turkish families believe computers are very important to their children's development and future career potential, an Intel survey suggests.
Intel released this week the results of its survey of 5,220 parents in 11 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa on familial views on child computer usage, providing intriguing insights into the changing place of the computer in households. The results of the survey, conducted by Redshift Research amongst parents with at least a passing familiarity with computing, suggest that parents across these regions attach importance to their children learning to use computers both in terms of child development and occupational potential. Of all the parents surveyed, 98 percent said that they considered knowledge of how to use a computer an important skill, with 50 percent saying that children should “absolutely” learn to use computers as they grow up.
Intel's results show that Turkish parents recognize the importance of computers in today's working world. Turkish families in previous generations saw foreign language ability as an important factor for children and employment, but that focus is shifting to computing, Intel says. Of the Turkish survey respondents, 99 percent said that they believed their children's computer skills or lack thereof would bear an impact on their future job security and work life; 37 percent said that their children being able to use computers was important to their lives in general and 56 percent said it was very important to their lives.
Turkey came in second among the 11 countries in terms of parents assigning great importance to child computer usage, ranking with 86 percent after South Africa (90 percent) and before Egypt (81 percent).
Given the importance they associate with childhood computer use, 88 percent of Turkish parents participating in the survey said that they believe children should be introduced to computers before age 12, while one in five parents said children should be using computers before the age of 5. Survey results from all 11 countries yielded 24 percent saying that children should use computers before age 5, while 65 percent said that between 5 and 12 years of age was ideal for introduction to computing.
Turks most expectant of government support
The Intel survey also reveals that Turkish parents expect the most from their government when it comes to ensuring that children receive education in computer usage and applications. Ninety percent of Turkish respondents said that they expect much more than the current level of government support in this regard -- more than survey respondents from any other country. Across the 11 survey countries, 73 percent said they expect more government support of childhood computer education, while in Turkey this figure was 90 percent.
According to parent responses, Turkish children use computers for two primary reasons: work and play. Turkish children use the computer most often to play games or for other entertainment purposes (35 percent), while 28 percent usually use it for educational purposes, such as to complete homework assignments; 16 percent use it for communication. The survey says Spanish and English children are the most frequent users of computers for recreational purposes, at 33 percent, while Polish children use the computer least frequently for entertainment, just 16 percent of the time.