The Internet is increasingly seen as a desired, integral part of the educational experience by both parents and children, according to this year's America Online/Roper Starch Cyberstudy, the third annual study of online behaviors and attitudes among Americans who have online access at home. The new study finds that the Internet is considered an important learning tool and that parents believe online resources improve their children's skills and quality of work. Seventy-six percent of online Americans said they expect education to be affected significantly by the online experience; 74% agreed that it is important for children to know how to use the Internet; and 81% said it is important for students to be taught to learn how to use the Internet at school. A full 56% of children surveyed said they preferred going online vs. going to the public library as a homework resource. Concurrent with the study's release, AOL rolled out new features for its AOL@School online learning service, including an archive of subjects by theme and expanded access to e-mail.
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