Fifty-eight percent of Indian children have showed positive behavioral changes after using digital learning platforms, say parents that took part in a survey conducted by AppyStore.in – a subscription-based childrens’ edutainment service provider. The survey, which looked closely at parental expectations and concerns regarding children’s cognitive growth, also showed that digital learning has now become almost at par with traditional learning tools. “This reflects a progressive relationship between digital learning and developing minds,” said Manoj Barot, Director (Marketing) at Mauj Mobile — the parent company of AppyStore.in, according to a statement. Also Read - Internet down: Zomato, Paytm, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon, Myntra, many other global services suffered massive outageAlso Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online security
With 68 percent parents using online platforms to teach new concepts, the study revealed increasing tendency of parents to use digital media as a redressal mechanism. Further, the study found that 49 percent parents use worksheets and toys to teach children, while 42 percent parents were found to use DVDs of nursery rhymes as well as mobile apps for helping children hone their intellectual capabilities. Nearly one-fifth of the participating parents claimed to give dedicated digital devices to their children, but the general trend revealed that kids do not use these devices for more than one hour on average, the statement said.
While 17 percent of parents do depend on digital learning to see positive behaviour changes in their young ones, 43 percent of parents reported monitoring their child’s usage of the device as they are conscientiously wary of the negative impact of handsets on children’s health. In addition, 26 percent parents claimed cultivation of good habits in children was their primary concern, whereas 24 per cent desired sharpening the kids’ language skills the most.
While only 12 percent participants admitted to consulting a doctor when worried, a strong 38 percent claimed they turned to the internet to clear their doubts. The survey was based upon responses from 1,167 Indian parents and covered a wide range of topics concerning the progress of young minds. ALSO READ: Himachal CM distributes computers to students under Rajiv Gandhi Digital Student Yojna
Telecom Minister Manoj Singh said that there is need for innovation in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector as India. He also said that they cannot afford to emulate developed economies due to limited resources. He called for holistic planning rather than piecemeal approach to achieve the vision of Digital India. Adding further he warned that if India lags in catching up with emerging technologies in the coming 15 to 20 years, the very existence of the country will be at stake.
As a suggestion, the minister asked the officials and other stakeholders to Walk the Talk for achieving the Prime Minister s vision of transforming India through digital revolution. He said it is our duty to digitally empower the huge chunk of population particularly in rural areas who are still deprived of IT revolution and he underlined that the Government alone cannot do this and called for cooperation of all. ALSO READ: Digital India: Nasscom partners HP to launch mobile classrooms in five cities in India
Sinha expected that by March 2017, one lakh gram panchayats (GPs) will be connected through optical fibre cable to set up a network infrastructure to serve the rural masses. He said there was need for finding appropriate technologies whether network infrastructure or digital highway for the deprived sections of society.
With additional inputs