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Survey: One-Fourth of Parents Had to Buy New IT Devices for Children during Spring Covid-19

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.08.10.

Some 25 percent of Hungarian parents had to buy new devices to help their children’s continued education, information flow and communication during the spring phase of the coronavirus epidemic, a recent survey conducted by Ipsos Instant Research and released on Monday said.

They spent on the new devices 125,000 forints (EUR 362) on average, a representative survey commissioned by Budapest Bank showed.

Close to two-thirds of parents bought accessories for an average 32,000 forints, it said.

Half of the students used as a primary choice a laptop, one-fourth a desk PC, 14 percent a mobile phone and around 10 percent a tablet for learning.

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The secondary choice was a mobile phone for 64 percent.

Teachers and students communicated through Facebook Messenger (54 percent), Hungarian app Kréta (54 percent), via e-mail (also 54 percent) and in various Facebook groups, said the survey.

Ipsos conducted the survey on a sample of 500 among adults older than 18.

Featured photo by Tibor Illyés/MTI