It is the father’s experience that not everything should be thrown away: For more than 7 out of 10 parents, technology that is now perceived as a valuable aid in learning towards a new normal will also be crucial in the future. The internet connection was a problem for less than 2 out of 10 families, while 3 out of 10 mothers wanted to keep the “hybrid” school, in attendance, but with the opportunity to follow the teaching at a distance. Only 17% of fathers followed their children in the father – against 67% of the mothers – while the typically most difficult subject – mathematics – is in fact also the most beloved of the students with 26% of the preferences. Parental anxiety increased by 65% post-pandemic: not so much because of the infection itself, but because of the psychological effects of distancing on children (over 4 out of 10). Finally, to make teaching more stimulating, parents suggest a return to direct experiences in local activities: out to farms, farms, food businesses. These are some of the data emerging from the annual analysis of the Observatory of Digital Education by MyEdu, a digital training platform founded in 2013 in Milan, partner of the Ministry of Education through the Memorandum of Understanding “for implementing actions to support the ‘didactic and digital innovation in the Italian school ‘.
MyEdu has in collaboration with the research institute Bva Doxa conducted a statistical study that provides an insight into how digital school and in particular distance education has been perceived by primary school students through a total sample of 3,500 between students aged 5 to 13 years and parents who have lived the experience of the father in close contact with their children. “This two-year period with Dad has accelerated the degree of use of digital teaching tools by teachers and students by at least 5/6 years – comments Laura Fumagalli, President of MyEdu – To analyze what has been lacking during this period and to improve by offer digital content and resources it is important to take as a starting point the direct experiences of those who have experienced this delicate phase on their own.Investing in integrated digital teaching beyond the emergency phase is today crucial to make these tools more and more responsive to the real needs of the school and family world. “
The protagonist of technology
“During the pandemic, technology was the protagonist these days in a clearer way than in previous years, an opportunity for parents to understand its various aspects and potential. Faced with such an abnormal situation, barriers rooted in time have been broken down -” says Cristina Liverani, Kids & Special Projects Unit Manager in Bva Doxa – Parents of children between the ages of 5 and 13 actually see useful “objects” in technological devices such as teaching and training support (33% of parents surveyed), to pass the time (30%) or to get in touch with friends and family (24%) In addition to digital, the research also wanted to make room for today’s “normality” with a specific question about the activities carried out in addition to “going to school”.
Do you want to go out?
A significant desire to leave the walls of the house has arisen: In one year, the number of young people who say they have been out with friends goes from 13% to 28%; those who watched television fell by 8 percentage points; those who went to play away from home increase from 7% to 14%; the number of children playing video games also decreased (from 25 to 21%). The research that MyEdu has conducted in schools fits into this panorama and has also focused on the fears and hopes of parents of school students.
What went wrong?
But what went wrong under Dad? The responses show that 21% of the parents surveyed complain that the father did not stimulate their children’s attention enough. Another factor that negatively affected the school during the closure was the parents’ inability to follow their children because of smartworking (17%). Satisfied parents follow with 16%, about 1 in 5. Internet connection was a problem for 14% of the interviewees as it is encouraging compared to much more pessimistic statistics.