COPPERAS COVE — In today’s world of technology, many children have become used to having a digital assistant at their beck and call. But is the demand for information without the requirement of a please or thank you causing children to become rude when interacting with adults and each other?

New figures from researchers at Childwise show that 42% of children between 9 and 16 use voice recognition gadgets at home, with the most popular option being Apple’s Siri assistant. Children are most likely to ask the assistants for homework help, with 1 in 7 using it to look up facts or for a virtual dictionary or thesaurus.

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