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Parents are relying on tech to answer tricky questions when children are studying, research shows 

Alexa… can you please help me with my child’s homework! Parents rely on technology to answer tough questions when kids study, study shows

  • Some parents are hiding the extent of their virtual help from posterity, polls show
  • Increasingly difficult school assignments are believed to be the cause of the increase in use
  • Fifty-five percent said they ‘secretly’ answered homework about voice assistants

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More than two-thirds of parents turn to Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home to help with their kids’ difficult homework.

They rely on voice assistants as they struggle to name all of Henry VIII’s wives or explain the Pythagorean theorem.

TalkTalk research has shown that the use of smart plugs, which are typically used to connect voice assistants to a power source, has increased by 47 percent in the past year.

More than two-thirds of parents turn to Amazon's Alexa or Google Home to help with their kids' difficult homework.  They rely on voice assistants as they struggle to name all of Henry VIII's wives or explain the Pythagorean theorem

More than two-thirds of parents turn to Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home to help with their kids’ difficult homework. They rely on voice assistants as they struggle to name all of Henry VIII’s wives or explain the Pythagorean theorem

It is believed that increasingly difficult school assignments are the cause of the increase in the use of the devices.

It is believed that increasingly difficult school assignments are the cause of the increase in the use of the devices.

A connectivity provider survey of 1,002 parents with children ages six to 13 found that nearly seven in ten (68 percent) have used voice assistants to help with homework.

Three quarters (75 percent) say schoolwork is more difficult than when they were in education, and just over half (52 percent) gave wrong answers before.

Two-thirds — 66 percent — said they were ashamed of not knowing the correct answer in front of their children.

However, some parents hide the extent of their virtual help from posterity. Fifty-five percent said they had “secretly” answered homework questions with these devices.

Families rated history, geography, and math as the “toughest” subjects.

A connectivity provider survey of 1,002 parents with children ages six to 13 found that nearly seven in ten (68 percent) have used voice assistants to help with homework.  The Amazon Alexa is pictured above

A connectivity provider survey of 1,002 parents with children ages six to 13 found that nearly seven in ten (68 percent) have used voice assistants to help with homework.  The Amazon Alexa is pictured above

A connectivity provider survey of 1,002 parents with children ages six to 13 found that nearly seven in ten (68 percent) have used voice assistants to help with homework. The Amazon Alexa is pictured above

Nearly three quarters (73 percent) needed help identifying the wives of King Henry V111, while 67 percent needed help explaining the Pythagorean theorem.

Other questions that parents ask their voice assistants the most are the world’s population to the billions, the names of the Hindu festivals, Holi and Diwali, and the date of the Great Fire of London.

Jonathan Kini, managing director at TalkTalk, said: “Our latest Internet Insights report shows how we live in a golden age of gadgets.

‘Across our network, customers are embracing the smart tech acquisition. Just like me – recently I found myself using our voice assistant to help with my son’s homework.”

The poll found that 56 percent of parents had purchased new smart device technology in the past year to improve their everyday lives.

More than eight in ten — 84 percent — said fast and reliable Internet access helped their child learn.