Kids aged six to 11 in Britain speak more to their Alexa, Siri or Google Nest than their grandparents, a new poll shows as research also shows nearly half have social media accounts – despite the Facebook ban , TikTok and Instagram under 13 years old
- Kids ages 6-11 talk to Alexa more than their grandparents, poll shows
- The survey of 1,200 children found that a quarter spoke to voice assistants every day
- And 73% said they didn’t say “please” or “thank you” when speaking to speakers
- It comes as the UK has introduced new rules to protect children’s privacy online
It is a battle many modern grandparents fight: fighting for attention when a child is glued to a screen.
And it’s not just phones or tablets that older relatives should be wary of — they also play second fiddle to smart speakers.
Children ages six to 11 talk more to Alexa, Siri or Google Nest than they do to their own grandparents, according to a YouGov poll.
The survey of 1,200 children found that a quarter spoke to voice assistants every day, compared to just one in 10 who spoke to their grandmother or grandfather on a daily basis.
According to a YouGov survey, children aged six to 11 speak more to Alexa, Siri or Google Nest than to their own grandparents.
Nearly three-quarters — 73 percent — admitted they didn’t say “please” or “thank you” when speaking to their smart speakers.
And, in some parental wisdom, more than a third (34 percent) asked Siri and Alexa for answers rather than their mom or dad.
The findings came as the UK this week introduced sweeping new rules to protect children’s privacy online.
Tech giants are now facing multimillion-pound fines if they are found to have broken the rules, including personalizing ads for young people and tracking their location.
The latest survey, commissioned by the global communications agency Infobip, showed that 61 percent of children had their own tablet and 49 percent had their own smartphone.
Nearly half of 6 to 11-year-olds — known as Generation Alpha — had active social media accounts, despite Facebook, TikTok and Instagram banning young people under the age of 13.
The survey of 1,200 children found that a quarter spoke to voice assistants every day — compared to just one in ten who spoke to their grandparents daily (stock images)
And nearly a third spent more than an hour a day liking, swiping and texting on their smartphones.
A further third said they used the devices without parental consent and a quarter did so after their parents had gone to bed.
Nikhil Shoorji of Infobip described Generation Alpha as ‘the first truly digitally immersed human being’.
She added: “Just as they develop everyday relationships with family members, this group has become accustomed to interacting with on-demand technology from a very early age.”
Catherine Thevenot, a psychology professor at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, said children now rely on digital tools for learning and play, which affects their development.
But she added: ‘The fact remains that they communicate more with their smartphones and tablets than with some of their own family members.
‘It’s about finding the right balance between virtual and real-life activities.’