Children must not become unseen victims of coronavirus, says thinktank

A leading thinktank has called on the government to set up an emergency “digital access fund” to provide tablets or other digital devices to households where children cannot get online, the Guardian is reporting.

With schools across England closed indefinitely as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, lessons have gone online, making it difficult for those children without suitable technology to keep up with their studies.

According to the IPPR, however, around a million children do not have access to a device suitable for online lessons, or do not have an internet connection, and around a third of 16-24-year-olds live in
mobile-only households.

The IPPR director, Carys Roberts, said: “It’s crucial that the government ensure that the poverty, educational and health gaps we and our children already face are not widened further by our response to the pandemic.”

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