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The OLPC in green and white  (Source: The OLPC Wiki)
Nigerian children get caught up on the Internets with porn

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.

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RE: In a country where Aids runs rampant
By TomZ on 7/23/2007 11:02:58 AM , Rating: 1
I agree with you that OLPC is just another PR/feel-good project that will amount to nothing in the long-term. Education requires a real investment in schools, teachers, etc. - you can't just throw a bunch of $100 toy computers at kids and expect miracles to happen.

All you have to do is look at computer utilzation at US schools, especially elementary schools, to see how critical computers are. At the schools in my community, there are 2-3 computers in each elementary school room. And I have yet to ever see them powered up when I am there dropping off or picking up my kids, visiting for open house, etc. I even asked the teacher once if they work - they do - they just have no use for them.

Granted, computers are more important as kids get older, but they are not essential. It's important to remember that there was no Internet and computers up until recently, and somehow, education happened anyway. I'm not saying that computers aren't helpful, but they are not essential, and for sure, they don't replace "real" things that are necessary for education, e.g., schools, teachers, books, etc.

By Ryanman on 7/25/2007 3:11:35 PM , Rating: 1
They're kind of important at my age, say. The problem is that a lot of kids my age don't use them correctly... I believe there was recently an article on this.
And when we DO try to use them corrextly, the filters are absolutely crippling. Ever tried to make a WWII powerpoint but have every picture or article about a gun filtered out?

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs

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