Internet Lessons Should be the Fourth 'R' for School Kids

By Gary Cutlack on at

The children should be taught "The Internet" in school according to a report from the House of Lords, as help navigating today's tangled web of lies, racism, fakes, pornography, abuse and YouTube celebrities that incite murder might help them turn out balanced and nice and able to hold down a job.

This has come from the Lords Communications Committee, with the old people suggesting that lessons in handling the online world should be mandatory in schools and the report concluding that: "...digital literacy should be the fourth pillar of a child's education alongside reading, writing and mathematics and be resourced and taught accordingly."

Committee chairman Lord Best added: "This issue is of such critical importance for our children that the government, civil society and all those in the internet value chain must work together to improve the opportunities and support where the end user is a child." [Growing up with the internet via BBC]


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