A Million UK Children Unable To Abuse Their Friends On The Internet

More than a million school children in the UK still lack access to a computer at home, research suggests.

And almost 2m are unable to go online at home, according to leading digital education charity, the E-Learning Foundation.

It also claims those from the poorest families are two-and-a-half-times less likely to have the internet at home than children from the richest homes.

The government would not comment on the findings.

The E-Learning Foundation, which works to ensure that all children have access to the internet and a computer at home, has analysed the latest government spending survey.

It found that while computer access is growing in better-off households, those from low-income families are being left behind.

‘Get worse’

Frank O’Donnell a year 9 pupil at a comprehensive school near Sidcup, bemoaned at the enormity of statistics, “It’s a disgrace, just think of all the little $hits I have been unable to cyber-bully through my normal reign of terror on the internet. It is a poor show when due to the lack of government funding I have been unable to get my first suicide victim under my belt!”

It is warning that many of the UK’s poorest children face being severely educationally disadvantaged by their lack of access to technology as a result.

In November more than half of teachers who took part in a survey for the Times Education Supplement said pupils without access to internet or a computer at home were hampered in their learning.

Mary Williams a thirteen year old from New Brighton on the Wirral was almost in tears when she realised her chance of a free laptop was not going to materialise. “I keep getting asked why I am not on Facebook yet. My best friend Candice said she pitchforked five cows on Farmville last night and set the barn alight with the farmers family locked inside it. I think this kind of fun should be open to all children and not just the ones who’s families have money.”

The lack of funding in this area translates into very tangible disadvantages when it comes to completing homework, watching adult films, independent learning, and creating spam emails to send to teachers and classmates on the school learning platform.

The Department for Education was not prepared to comment on the findings as it was too busy sniggering at video footage of their raunchy Christmas Party antics on Youtube.


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