Children help parents on how to use Technology

Teresa Correa, University Diego Portales in Chile conducted a deep study, did a lot of surveys, conducted interviews, and found that youth helps parents learning in all technologies like computer, mobile, internet, social networking etc. It occurs up to 40% of the time. Children scores were higher compared to parents which shows that parents dont recognize the influence themselves. Parents also learned how to use technologies by self experimentation. This phenomenon mainly occurs with mothers and lower socioeconomic families. This is what happens among low income immigrant families where children plays a vital role in connecting between the family and the new environment. Digital media, recent innovations & new technologies attracts everyone in this universe, and this is a new environment for the children from poor families learning new things from school and friends. This spills over and in turn the children teach their parents. Past studies have connected younger family members influence of older family members with the computers and internet. "The fact that this bottom up technology transmission occurs more frequently among women and lower families has important implications" said Correa. "Women and poor people usually lag behind in the adoption and usage of technology. Many times, they do not have the means to acquire new technologies but, most importantly, they are less likely to have the knowledge, skills, perceived competence, and positive attitudes toward digital media. These results suggest that schools in lower income areas should be especially considered in government or foundation led intervention programs that promote usage of media."Source: Article

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