Just 30% of Parents Have Used ChatGPT, Here’s Why That’s a Problem

Historically speaking, parents have almost always lagged behind their children when it comes to keeping up with technological advancements and innovations. With the rise of generative AI such as ChatGPT and the like, this era has become a lot more pronounced than might have been the case otherwise.

The vast majority of parents as well as children are optimistic about how this form of AI might benefit them in the future, or 77% and 92% respectively. In spite of the fact that this is the case, just 30% of parents said that they have used ChatGPT at some point in the past. Compare this to the around 58% of students who are between the ages of 12 and 18 that have done the same and you can start to see a serious problem starting to emerge.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that around half of these children, or 50% to be precise, stated that they have used ChatGPT to help them get their schoolwork or homework done. On the other hand, just 26% of parents said that they knew that their kids were using this AI Chatbot to essentially cheat on basic work, and the huge gap between the people that know about such matters and those that don’t might be playing a role in this trend.

Furthermore, it must be said that 38% of children are using ChatGPT to complete assignments handed over to them at school regardless of whether or not their teachers have granted them permission to do so. Such trends are harmful because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making kids overly reliant on ChatGPT, thereby preventing them from thinking for themselves.

The numbers might actually be a lot worse than they initially appear, since 56% of children said that they hadn’t used ChatGPT but they knew someone in their social group or class that had done so. This points to the likelihood that some children might not be willing to admit that they are going behind their teacher’s backs to cut corners on schoolwork, so the reality may very well be considerably more dire on the ground.

One thing that both students as well as their parents seem to be able to agree on is that there needs to be a set of rules put in place that can govern when and where ChatGPT can be used with all things having been considered and taken into account. 61% of parents and 51% of children indicated that schools need to limit ChatGPT usage until such a time as proper regulations and guidelines have been established.

However, most students are not using ChatGPT to cheat, per se. Rather, they are using it similarly to Google. Indeed, 53% of the children who participated in this survey said that they prefer ChatGPT to Google.

This data comes from a recent survey conducted by Common Sense Media. It seeks to highlight the perceptions surrounding ChatGPT, and it appears that there is a growing concern among parents with 60% admitting that they are worried about how their kids might use the AI chatbot to cheat.

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