For more than nine out of ten families with children in Germany, homeschooling is associated with major problems.

The learning platforms in particular cause difficulties for the schoolchildren.

In seven out of ten families, the children were temporarily unable to access them because they could not be reached.

Almost a third of the children had problems with software and apps that weren't working.

That is the result of a representative survey among parents in Germany, which the digital association Bitkom has now presented.

Around 1000 parents with at least one child aged six to 18 in their own household were surveyed.

"The problems that arise when rolling out learning platforms and the abandonment of the use of proven technologies have slowed homeschooling in the past few months," said Bitkom Managing Director Bernhard Rohleder.

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However, many of the problems experienced cannot be ascribed to the schools.

For example, more than 40 percent of the children had WLAN interference at home.

And more than a quarter of families said the Internet connection speed at home was not fast enough.

However, the possible bandwidths and the booked bandwidths often differ here.

According to the federal government's broadband atlas, around 95 percent of all households currently have the option of booking an Internet connection at a speed of 50 megabits per second and faster.

Such a connection is sufficient for applications related to homeschooling.

Source: WORLD infographic

Nevertheless, many households book Internet access at a speed of 16 megabits per second and less.

The bandwidth can become scarce here - especially if several children use video conferences and video streaming at the same time, especially since the parents often access the lines at the same time in the home office.


After all, in 94 percent of families in Germany, schoolchildren have a digital device for school work from home.

Almost two thirds of the children have their own device, in seven percent of the families several children share one device.

In every fifth family, schoolchildren use their parents' private devices.

Schools also make devices available to families if this is necessary because, for example, the costs for their own device cannot be covered.

This happens in about four percent of families.

However, the proportion of families who do not have a digital device for school work is just as large.

In two out of three families, it is primarily the notebook that is used for school work.

A desktop PC is used in 28 percent of households with school children.

However, 45 percent of school children also use their smartphones for this work, and tablets are available in four out of ten families.

This equipment shows that two devices are often used for school.

Source: WORLD infographic


The corona pandemic and homeschooling have shaped the demands of parents. 96 percent of them are of the opinion that the use of digital technologies and media such as computers, smartboards or tablets should be standard in all schools. And eight out of ten parents are in favor of compulsory computer science teaching from the fifth grade onwards.

The Bitkom study also shows that digital learning has arrived in almost every family.

In eight out of ten cases, people learn digitally every day.

On average, children spend 4.4 hours a day using a digital device in connection with studying or preparing for school.

In more than half of the families it is even more than five hours.

A study by the Munich-based Ifo Institute that was published last week came to a similar conclusion.

Nevertheless, almost 95 percent of those surveyed say the Corona crisis has shown that Germany's schools have major deficits in terms of digitization.

After all, more than one in five respondents is calling for part of their lessons to be homeschooling even after the pandemic.

More than eight out of ten parents are of the opinion that their children's schools should invest in equipping them with digital devices and their IT.

For three quarters of them, the digitization of schools in Germany is fundamentally too slow.

Source: WORLD infographic

Almost eight out of ten parents believe that federalism is a drag on the digitization of schools.

Almost 70 percent would give the federal government more decision-making powers for educational policy.

"Parents paint a rather sobering picture of the digitization of schools and expect the pace to pick up," said Bitkom CEO Rohleder.

The corona pandemic has massively accelerated digitization in many areas, and this acceleration is also needed in schools.

Parents of school children are already burdened several times in the corona pandemic.

"If digital lessons don't work, parents have to play auxiliary teachers alongside everything else."

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