The Internet is an important homework tool and a more familiar medium than books to UK children, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by NOP Research for MSN.co.uk, involved 1,000 seven to 16 year olds from across the UK.

Some of the study’s most striking findings include the following:


  • Terminology: Fully 60% of children knew that “homepage” was the front page of a Website while only 9% could define “preface.” As well, 60% could identify a “hard drive” as part of a computer but just about 33% knew that “hardback” was a type of book.

  • Homework help: Nearly 75% of kids used the Internet to find information for a project. More than 50% said that what they learned online directly improved their grades.

  • Generation gap: A possibly worrisome finding for educational systems is that kids are more advanced than many teachers in their Web use. Almost 66% of children surveyed helped an adult use the Internet and 20% helped a teacher.

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