Egyptian parents believe PC use important to children's development, survey finds
81% of parents surveyed said they thought PC proficiency important part of children's development
Parents in Egypt are placing increasing emphasis on the importance of PCs for their children's development, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of Intel.
The survey, which sampled 220 existing PC users on their PC usage habits, found that 78% of parents gave their children access to a PC at home, while 81% feel that proficient PC usage is an integral part of children's development.
Among those surveyed, 25% of parents felt that children should access to a PC by the age of five, rising to 49% by age of eight. Respondents reported that children mainly used PCs for entertainment, although 68% said their children also used the PC to help them with homework, and that children were also interested in other functions like social networking.
Taha Khalifa, country manager of Egypt for Intel commented: "Responses from the Egyptian parents surveyed show a deep recognition that technology can nurture new skills and prepare a young person for their adult life. Intel through the collaboration with MCIT, the Ministry of Education and key market players continues to seek opportunities to help increase PC accessibility for Egyptian youth.
"Almost a half of parents surveyed feel that a child should have access to a PC by the age of 8, suggesting that early school-age is a key time for the development of these skills and should go hand-in-hand with curricular activities. It is clear however that by the time the average Egyptian child enters high school, their parents feel that he or she should be familiar with a computer," he added.