Many thanks to the children for their latest blog post: this really got our children thinking. Mr Stanley used a PSHE lesson to discuss the pros and cons of the internet with children being posed the direct question,
“Should all children have fast access to the internet?”
We started off by looking at the United Nations Charter for the Rights of the Child. Article 17 reads as follows,
“You have the right to get information that is important to your well-being, from radio, newspaper, books, computers and other sources. Adults should make sure that the information you are getting is not harmful, and help you find and understand the information you need.”
When children in Rowan Class read this many came to the conclusion that having internet in Kafuro might not necessarily be a good thing. They pointed out that the internet can cause as many problems as it solves because people can post offensive material easily and the internet has also been responsible for what we call online bullying – where people use the internet (particularly social media) to say unkind things about other people.
Mr Stanley argued that the fast internet was absolutely necessary for children in Uganda and around the world. He said that this would allow children to compete in the global jobs market and to gain skills for jobs, many of which have not been invented yet.
In the end, the class came to the conclusion that free fast internet should be available to all, but with safeguards in place so that children were not exposed to any offensive material.
We look forward to hearing Kafuro’s thoughts when you return from your Christmas holidays.