Bored to bytes

25th April 1997 at 01:00
Jesse Mears, 11, is in Year 6 at City of London School for Girls at Barbican, east London.

I'm terrible with computers, I don't understand them at all. I can't work on them so they aren't important to me. They're just a major hassle.There is a computer at home but I don't use it very often, just now and then. I don't pay attention because I think it's rather boring. I would use it more if it was more interesting.

I've never used the Internet, which is pathetic because people are always saying, "why don't you get on the Internet?" Everyone says that it's good fun.

I hope that we're going to get the Internet at home soon. I'd like to be able to e-mail people. It keeps you busy.

If I could use a computer, then I'd use it instead of a pen and paper. People say that it's a lot easier and faster. Also, if you sit in the right position when you use a computer, your hand doesn't get as tired as it does when you're writing.

I'm nowhere near as good as my parents on computers. It would be good to do a course at school as it would give you a head start on adults. You should start learning as young as possible.

They should teach you more about how to use computers at school. You need to know the basics; how to type and how to get into different things. That would mean you could build on it in the future.

Most schools haven't got the right equipment. If I were a headteacher, I would get everything up to date so that we weren't left behind.

I think it's worth spending a little bit more on computers than they are at the moment. It would improve our learning skills by giving us a wider range of things that we can do.

There are a few people at school who are wizards at using computers but everyone else is stuck behind, thinking "how do you do that?" Harry Sewell, 8, is in Year 4 at Hermitage Primary School in Wapping, east London.

I've got a computer and I use it every day. I know how to get into all the different things. I can't type properly but I'm good at computer games.

Writing on the computer is OK, but you have to learn to write by using pen and paper first. That way you're able to do it properly on the computer. I've tried drawing on the computer, but I'm much better by hand.

I would prefer to use a computer rather than pen and paper because if you get a word wrong you can just delete it. A girl in my school used a rubber and got told off because there was a big green streak across a word. It completely messed up her work.

I don't think that you should be allowed to use technology - like calculators - in exams. Using a calculator for maths is like using a computer and the spell check in English. People who are dyslexic should be allowed to use them, though, because then they wouldn't ever get the letters the wrong way round.

We've got about 13 computers in my school, and a laser scanner, but we hardly ever get to use them. They used to be in our classroom but then they were swapped.

They have the Internet at school as well but they don't let children go on it. That's annoying. I'd like to use the Internet to talk to people, people like the Queen.

They tried to teach me technology when I was five, but I didn't get it. I did something wrong and all the codes went and I'd forgotten how to get them back. I know now though, because my mum taught me.

I'm a lot more computer-literate than my parents, which is important. You can have your own code so that your parents can't get in.

I don't think that computers will take over writing, but there will be more technology. I think that there's going to be something just like the Web - but much better.

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