Australian ISP BigPond, part of telco operator Telstra, has published results of a survey showing that more than three quarters of parents with Internet access installed at home say it has boosted their children's education. Some 38% believe their child's performance at school has improved thanks to Internet access at home. In rural and regional areas the figures were even higher; 85% and 41% respectively.
The 2005 BigPond Education Survey involved almost 600 families in metropolitan and regional Australia. Its release coincides with the State Library of NSW's launch, in conjunction with Telstra, of a world-leading Internet resource that will allow Australians to access many of the nation's historical treasures and relics online for the first time.
The survey has found that 86 percent of family households have children who use the internet for research and educational purposes, and not only is the internet making homework easier, children also say it makes homework more fun.
sone other key findings of the 2005 BigPond Education Survey include:
86% of family households have children at home using the internet for research and educational purposes
73% of school children spend more time doing research at home because the internet is available
91% of surveyed parents believe their children would not have had the same access to information for schoolwork if they did not have the internet at home
92% strongly believe the internet will play an increasingly important role in their child's future education