Millions of baffled parents rely on their children to help them operate the latest gadgets, according to new research.                  

Half of mums and dads have asked their kids for assistance when using tech – with more than one in 10 admitting their little ones have shown them how to use a smartphone.

And a quarter of respondents said their offspring have told them how to play computer games, while one in seven have received help from their kids when operating a tablet.

Commissioned by Makers Academy, provider of computer programming courses, the research of 2,000 parents with children aged one to 10 also found their kids could confidently use a TV remote BEFORE they could recite the alphabet.

A spokesman for Makers Academy said: “For many people the latest tech can be a bit confusing to use at first.

“The results suggest many children find it easier to use gadgets they’ve never used before then grown-ups do – perhaps because they have been surrounded by tech from a younger age.             

“So it’s certainly understandable that mums and dads might ask their kids for a few pointers when using gizmos.”

Nine in 10 adults admit their children have a better of grasp of tech than they did at the same age.

While two thirds of people are worried they will become increasingly unemployable — thanks to advances in technology.

Over 70 per cent of Brits admit they find it hard to keep-up with developments in technology and gadgets.

More than half of parents admit they struggle to support their kids with their homework – and on average try to help them with three pieces a week.        

And three quarters of mums and dads have resorted to using the internet in order to help their children do their homework – relying on it with at least one bit of homework a week.

The age it gets harder to learn new skills is 46 according to those polled — however three quarters of Brits reckon it’s never too late to learn something new.      

Over three quarters of those surveyed would consider having additional IT training in order to improve their job prospects.

Three in five people have no idea how to use computer code – and over a third don’t even know what coding is.

However two thirds of people would like to be able to code and six in 10 have tried to teach themselves the programming language.                       

A spokesman for Makers Academy said: “It’s great to see that so many respondents think it’s never too late to learn how to do something new.

“People of all sorts of ages have successfully completed our courses, which has led to them being successfully employed in whole host of roles.”

To find out if you have what it takes to learn code visit: Makers Academy Code Quiz




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