Parents turn to Alexa and Google because kids’ homework is too hard

Barcelona, ​​Spain. January 2019: Selective focus on Amazon Echo Plus smart home device turning on a floor lamp with Alexa voice control. Illustrative Editorial; Shutterstock ID 1298109685; An order: -

Amazon helps parents who don’t understand their kids’ homework (Credits: Shutterstock / Ivan Marc)

According to a new survey, more than two-thirds of parents use language assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home because their child’s homework is becoming increasingly difficult.

Research from TalkTalk found that the use of smart plugs (typically used to connect voice assistants to a power source) has increased by 47% over the past year, with difficult homework being blamed for the increase.

Three quarters of the parents stated that school work is more difficult today than it was when they were at school.

Disturbingly, more than half – 52% – said they got their child’s homework wrong.

Two-thirds – 66% – also said they felt embarrassed at not knowing the right answer in front of their children, while 55% had secretly used voice assistants to answer their children’s questions.

According to the TalkTalk survey of more than 1,000 parents in April 2022, parents rated history, geography and math as the most difficult subjects, with more than half needing help answering key Stage Two questions such as: B. the names of the wives of King Henry VIII.

Other frequently asked questions were the world population to the next billion, questions about the Pythagorean theorem, the names of the Hindu festivals Holi and Diwali and the date of the Great Fire of London.

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More than half of parents admitted to getting their child’s homework wrong (Credits: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Jonathan Kini, Managing Director at TalkTalk, said: “Our latest Internet Insights report shows how we live in a golden age of gadgets.

“Across our network, customers are welcoming the smart tech adoption. As do I – I just recently discovered that I use our voice assistant to help my son with his homework.”

The survey found that more than half of parents had purchased new smart device technology in the last year to improve their daily lives, while more than eight in ten – 84% – said that fast and reliable internet access helped their child learning helps.

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