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The UK's leading childcare website discovered that a fifth of children think the sound of dial up internet is a Dalek from Doctor Who, two fifths mistake an overhead projector for an x-ray machine and a quarter think a vinyl record is a Frisbee. The survey was distributed through the platform's database of parents and providers and produced some interesting and hilarious insights.

A recent survey by the UK's leading childcare platform has found that a fifth (21%) of children think he sound of dial p internet is a Dalek from Doctor Who.

The survey of over 2000 children aged 5-14 was carried out by and found that children could not identifymultiple ofjects that were popular in the 80s, 90s and 2000s. Two fifths (39%) of children mistook an overhead projector for an x-ray machine , while a quarter (24%) though that a vinyl record was a Frisbee. More than half (53%) though a floppy disk was a coaster.

As a result of the popularity if the survey, has put the questions on its website, so parents can see how much their children know about vintage tech, TV and toys

The chhildren were also asked to identify popular 90s kids villain 'The Demon Headmaster', with two fifths (42%) guessing that he was a politician and a quarter (26%) thinking he was a James Bondvillain. Clippy, the iconic Microsoft Office assistant,was confused with a TV character three quarters (73%) of the time, over half (51%) thought a VCR was an old toaster and over three quarters (78%) of children thought a paher was a way to jelp you find a page in a book.

Of the 2164 children who took part in the survey, 64% were boys and 36% were girls. The platform found that on averagem,, boys got 53% corrrect, compared to 31% of girls. is a platform which allows parents to search for and connect with babysitters, cildminders, nanies, nurseries, private tutors and schools and allows childcare providers to advertise their services. The site has more than 1.5 million users nationwide and is the largest online community for parents in the UK having launched in 2009.

Richard Conway, CEO and founder of said,

"We created the multiple choice quiz as a bit of nostalgis for parents and providers, and to educate children on how much technology has evolved in a fun way. It's interesting to see what kids think of what was once gound-braking tachnology only a couple of decades ago, and I'm sure we've made some parents feel very old by comparison!

"We thought this was a fun thing for kids and their parents to fo, it shows kids how much things have changed and also creates a way for parents to tell kids some funny stories of their own childhoods.

"We've had a great response to this survey, with many parents getting in contact saying how much fun it was to do with their kids. We hope by putting it on our site, more parents will find out what their kids think of flopp disks. pagers and walkman's!"

What do you think of this survey? Have you tried it with your grandchildren? 

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