p2pnet news view | Kids & Kartels:- “Pupils struggle to take piracy subject seriously.”
It’s the headline to a story in The Scotsman which states, “The consequences on a young person who tries drugs can be felt directly, but the effects of obtaining copied content online are distant from the perpetrator.”
A supposedly reputable national newspaper ties drug dealing directly to filesharing and then calls downloaders ‘perpetrators’?
“John McGhee is an IT integration manager with Glasgow City Council, a principal teacher of pastoral care and a teacher of computing at Holyrood School,” says the story, quoting him as stating >>>
There’s no national steer that this needs to be part of the curriculum, as you find when it’s not nationally driven it’s down to individual schools. If a child admitted they were taking drugs, there would be child protection or child welfare procedures that would kick in very quickly. If they admitted they were downloading content illegally, I suspect nothing would happen, other than a teacher saying, ‘You should not be downloading’.
That’s a societal view, not the school’s. Some adults think it’s a victimless crime, but there’s no such thing as a victimless crime. There should not be a different response to these subjects, so how do we address that?
With drugs, you’re seeing as harm to the child, rather than society. It is immediate harm to the child, whereas downloading songs is not immediately harmful, but it’s still illegal behaviour.
The article, liberally laced with sycophantic quotes from people running various bought-and-paid-for cartel organisations, reads as though it was written by a corporate entertainment industry hack.
It goes on >>>
The proposed Digital Economy Bill, which would affect the whole of the UK if passed, could also change how pupils are affected by their file-sharing ways, with parents having their broadband potentially cut off as a result.
Geoff Taylor, British Phonographic Industry chief executive, said the bill would be a welcomed addition to education projects, but more work was needed.
“My view is you could end up with a lot of children getting involved and caught in illegality. Probably as a country we need to start to look at that. Why is it seen differently to other illegal behaviour? File-sharing has become the norm, rather than exception. Personal and social education is such a wide area that no teacher really has that scope of expertise.
“The challenge is to bring teachers up to speed and a confident level. You need a capacity for an ethical debate and a technical debate.”
He doesn’t explain how either could be possible given the involvement of Hollywood and the Big 4 record labels.
But there is a way to keep your kids safe from the cartels and the likes of McGhee.
Protect them by home-schooling them if you possibly can.
..… and identi.ca
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