Putting Ads in Schools in Exchange for Free Computers

from the good-thing/bad-thing? dept

Another good discussion question comes up in this article that discusses ZapMe, the company that will give schools an entire computer lab with broadband access for free, in exchange for being able to sell ads onto the computer screens. I’m a little torn on this one. It’s definitely good to have computers and access in schools (especially ones that otherwise couldn’t afford it), but I’m not sure all ages of students can distinguish what an advertisement is, and how it should be viewed differently than other content. Should our schools be open targets for advertisers?

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