Breaks The Piggie Bank
While more older children were likely to receive computers for back-to-school, younger children received more software. Thirty-six percent of parents with young children (ages four to nine) bought software in 1998, versus 33 percent of those with children age 10-13 and 21 percent of those with older children (aged 14 to 18).
Calculator purchases were fairly strong across the board; 45 percent of parents purchased them for young children (four to nine year olds) and 50 percent of parents purchased them for both 10 to 13 year-olds and 14 to 18 year-olds. This may be due to the fact that calculators are often required in school, especially for older students.
Forty percent of children ages four to nine are required to have calculators for school, and that number increases to 58 percent for 10 to 13 year-olds. By the time children reach high school, more than three-quarters (76 percent) of them are required to own a calculator.