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ITV’s Robozuna research reveals kids’ robot thoughts

A third of children aged 4-11 believe robots will be in schools by 2025 says ITV research.

As children across the country begin the new school year, a third of 4-11 year olds surveyed believe robots will have an active presence in schools within six years.

That’s according to new research commissioned by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, to mark the second season launch this week of Robozuna, its futuristic kids’ animation.

While robots already feature in children’s lives as toys they play with (26%), school returners say they could see their android pals playing supportive educational roles such as additional caretakers (33%), canteen assistants (30%) and teaching assistants (29%).

One in four (25%) could also imagine a robot helping with road safety by patrolling the school zebra crossing.

Parents were also questioned about the presence of robots in schools. Three in five parents (58%) most want a robot to support teaching their child STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills, and over a third (35%) say they would like robots to teach their child how to protect their online identity.

“Robozuna centres on the friendship between a boy, Ariston, and his best friend, Mangle the robot,” said Steve Green, evp kids content and distribution at ITV Studios Global Entertainment. “The success of the show and the results of this research show that this is clearly a storytelling theme that today’s children find intriguing.

“Robots are already beginning to take on supportive roles within schools around the world, helping to teach languages, coding and STEM skills. Just like the relationship between Robozuna’s main characters, living, learning and working side-by-side with robots could become reality in the near future.”

Season two of Robozuna airs on CITV, while season one is also now on Netflix.

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