Nielsen: Many parents letting kids use their tablets for schoolwork

Summary:For anyone doing some last minute back-to-school shopping, a tablet is increasingly a good idea.

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While the new school year is already underway for some, there are bound to be still plenty of both parents and students of all ages still shopping for some new tools.

Based on the latest Connected Devices Report from Nielsen, a tablet is worth a second thought.

For starters, approximately 78 percent of parents with tablets admitted they let their kids under the age of 11 use their tablets at home.

More than half of parents (54 percent) who let their kids use their tablets at home replied that their children used tablets for educational purposes.

Out of this pool, some of the most popular activities were reading books (42 percent), taking notes (40 percent), and finishing homework (30 percent).

The top activity was actually "searching the Internet" with 51 percent, which could be left up to some interpretation, but the other activities certainly have merit.

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Looking forward, 71 percent of people who used tablets for educational use affirmed they are interested in using the devices for accessing textbooks as well.

There are many possible takeaways from this.

Aside from the aforementioned activities getting done, accessing textbooks and other educational materials on a tablet means more organization, less clutter around the house, and less strain caused by heavy backpacks.

A tablet doesn't necessarily have to be a grand investment anymore either -- especially considering that the parents participating in this poll acknowledged they are letting their kids use tablets owned by the parents.

There could be some content and security concerns there, but there are precautions that could be easily taken in those regards too.

And there seems to be hope this way too. Nielsen researchers found that among the parents who don't already let their kids use tablets, approximately 20 percent of them said they would if there was more educational content available.

Now we get to the chicken-and-egg situation of what needs to happen first: more parents buying tablets for educational reasons, or content providers delivering digital materials first?

Infographic via Nielsen

Topics: Mobility, Android, Education, iPad, Tablets

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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