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1 / 4 of all kids at the moment are utilizing generative AI instruments to assist with schoolwork, in line with a brand new examine.

Research from on-line security charity Internet Matters discovered that over half of 13-to-14-year-olds had been actively partaking with AI chatbots, and that 41% of youngsters consider AI instruments can be useful to their schooling.

But mother and father are extra sceptical, with solely 29% agreeing the know-how was useful.

With only a few prompts, a whole essay may be crafted, or a picture may be generated, basically altering the best way we produce and share content material, and the way kids study

Caroline Bunting, Internet Matters co-chief govt

The charity has referred to as on the Department for Education (DfE) to supply extra recommendation and assist to varsities to assist academics, mother and father and pupils profit from AI instruments and perceive the potential advantages and limitations, whereas additionally utilizing the know-how safely.

Generative AI instruments, corresponding to ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini have change into more and more outstanding in day by day life over the past 12 months, with the know-how seen by many as being an innovation that might rival the creation of the web in its affect.

Social media platforms together with Meta, Snapchat and Elon Musk’s X have additionally entered the AI area with their very own chatbots.

Internet Matters co-chief govt, Carolyn Bunting, stated: “Generative AI is here to stay and tools like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Snap’s My AI are increasingly a part of children’s lives.

“Already a quarter of children are using AI for schoolwork and nearly half of 13-14-year-olds are using AI tools regularly.

“With just a few prompts, an entire essay can be crafted, or an image can be generated, fundamentally changing the way we produce and share content, and how children learn.

“However, our survey shows that both parents and children are unprepared for the AI revolution and most have many unanswered questions about the impact of AI on their daily lives, their children’s safety and wellbeing online, their education, and their futures.

“Many are being left in the dark by the lack of guidance for schools, and it is clear more support, guidance and training is needed urgently.

“The Department for Education’s recent work on AI policy and regulation in schools is welcome, but too narrow.

“Fundamental questions about how children can and should interact with generative AI need to be considered.

“Not least of which is how AI will impact the nature of their education, exams, teaching and homework – these are no longer talking points for the future – rapid change is happening now.

“Government must provide more advice and support in the immediate term to schools to support teachers, parents, and children to benefit safety from the worthwhile applications of AI tools.”

A ballot distributed by the International Baccalaureate (IB) additionally discovered that 43% of younger folks stated they’d used synthetic intelligence to assist with their schoolwork.

The ballot, which ran in November and December 2023, obtained greater than 2,000 responses from college students in UK colleges that supply the IB.

More than half of the respondents had been in state colleges.

It discovered that 72% of scholars stated they’d used an AI Chatbot earlier than whereas 13% of scholars who responded to the ballot believed it’s nonetheless potential for his or her schooling system to keep away from the affect of AI.

IB director common Olli-Pekka Heinonen stated: “As educational leaders, we can’t attempt to hold back the inevitable tide and so must make sure that AI is used and developed for the purposes of teaching and learning.

“We need to be intentional about how we approach students’ use of AI and how we moderate it.

“School is the right place to learn how AI can be used ethically and sustainably and to understand its strengths and weaknesses.”