One of the aims of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project
is to give the underprivileged new opportunities and experiences they otherwise
wouldn’t have. Interestingly enough, some school children are using their
laptops to browse pornographic Internet sites.
According to a Reuters
report, a reporter at the official News
Agency of Nigeria discovered pornographic images on the donated laptops
from a U.S. aid organization. It is unclear whether or not school children were
actually caught in the act of browsing such websites.
"Efforts to promote learning with laptops in a primary
school in Abuja have gone awry as the pupils freely browse adult sites with
explicit sexual materials," reported the News Agency of Nigeria.
Perhaps in response to the discovery of the OLPC’s side
features, a representative for the laptop project said that the computers will
now be fitted with filtering software.
quote: If you give laptops to kids without any educational infrastructure around it, guess how much it will help education - practically zero.
quote: Hundreds of millions of dollars that could otherwise be spent building more schools, hiring more teachers, buying more books, etc. - i.e., other things that are proven beneficial for education.
quote: Maybe there should be some studies first? No, they decided there was no time for that. Just field trials to test out the communication infrastructure. They'll do studies post-mortem to figure out if there was any educational effectiveness. But by that time, the money will be potentially wasted.
quote: The point is that money that is being spent on OLPCs could be better spent building more schools, hiring more teachers, buying books, etc. The money is being spent, why not spend it on something known to be worthwhile?
quote: First off i think you need to become a bit more informed,http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_mythsThey do not claim that this is the so called silver bullet as you have been calling it.
quote: HOW DO YOU KNOW! you don't, you are not in education, and you are not economist or you would have shoved it in my face already.
quote: The fact that they arent used widely anywhere else in the world seems a solid enough statement from the educational community that they're not valid instruments.