Girls 'outperform boys with computers'But both sexes are better than parents

01 March 2008

The keys of a computer keyboard

Girls are better than boys at using a computer, according to a new survey.

Despite technology and gadgets traditionally being seen as boys' territory, the study found that girls are out-performing boys with their IT skills.

A higher percentage of girls aged over seven could carry out tasks such as finding what they needed on a search engine, creating and editing a word document and downloading photos.

Social networking

They were also better at creating a social networking profile and manipulating photography.

Although boys lagged behind girls, both sexes were found to be better than their parents on the computer, with children performing better than their adult counterparts.

More than half of parents said they relied on their children for advice on how to use their computer and the internet and only 40% of parents saw themselves as the most proficient computer user in their household.

Tesco Computers for Schools polled more than 1,000 parents in the UK with children aged seven to 16.

It found that 73% of children use a computer every day, and 41% of them said they couldn't live without the internet.

Search engines

At the age of seven nearly three quarters of children could use search engines and 62% could edit word documents, Tesco said.

By their teens, 70% of children could confidently create a social networking profile, 59% could download music and 71% were able to download photos.

Debra Stones, Tesco Computers for Schools manager said: 'Whilst most children now have access to computers, whether that is at home or at school, this is not necessarily the case when it comes to digital multi media gadgets and other creative equipment.

'It's so important that all children have access to this type of equipment needed to encourage and allow for their growth and development.'

Tesco Computers for Schools is now in its 17th year and has already given more than £100 million worth of computer equipment to schools.

© The Press Association, All Rights Reserved