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Ombudsman for Children: own devices should not be brought to school

Tuomas Kurttila, the Ombudsman for Children in Finland, has expressed his concern over the repercussions of allowing children to use their own smartphones in the classroom on educational equality. One in ten children in Finland, he highlights, live in a family defined as poor.

16.8.2014 8:35

“Over 30,000 children live in a family whose main concern is getting by. It's the responsibility of the providers of teaching to safeguard the equality of free basic education, also in regards to learning materials,” he says.

Kurttila also acknowledges that children use smartphones widely outside school. “That's true, but the school environment should ensure that everyone has equal opportunities to learn.”

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