The Telegraph reports that primary school children should be taught about copyright law and intellectual property amid a rise in social media, a Government agency has said.
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a raft of teaching resources and videos aimed at helping children aged seven to 11 learn about piracy, patents and trademarks.
Catherine Davies, head of the IPO’s education outreach department, said that children start using technology and social media at an increasingly young age, so by the time they are teenagers it is already too late to teach them about respecting copyright laws.
“We have done a lot of work with teenagers and we have found by that point, they might have already picked up bad habits of picking things up from illegal sources,” she told The Sunday Telegraph. “That is one of the reasons we have gone to the younger children.”
The IPO – formerly known as the Patent Office – already produces teaching materials for GCSE students, but this is the first time it has branched out into materials aimed at primary school children.
This is not the first time that the Government has attempted to explain complex issues to children.
In 2016, HM Revenue & Customs produced a Junior Tax Facts video for eight- to 11-year-olds, which explained, among other things, that the VAT on sweets meant they were taxpayers too.
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