On Average, Teenagers Own Up To Six Digital Devices

According to a report on the BBC news on Education and Family, the average UK teenager own six digital devices. The research suggests that teenagers understand the value of a digital future, with ICT coming up as the top 4 of what they consider most important subjects.

The poll showed that 84% of the teenagers polled own a smartphone, 78% a laptop and 51% a tablet device.

One in 10 of the boys polled have created an app, the poll says, whereas a third of all of those polled would like to.

The research calls for this generation’s interest in coding to be harnessed now and says England’s new computer science curriculum should aid this.

The report adds that

nurturing this generation’s digital capabilities could bring significant economic value to UK plc and increase the UK’s competitiveness in the international market.

The dilemma that this research finds is

whether the education system and the workplace can implement the kind of rapid change that is required to sustain this generation’s interest in the professions and industries that will give Britain its competitive edge.

The department of Education agrees that computing is vital for the economy, alongside traditional core subjects including English, Maths and Science. According the report, the previous computer curriculum has been scrapped and there are now new plans to introduce a new one in 2014 with a focus more on the creation of technology and less on it use.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25262124

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