Access online: an introduction

Increasingly we live our lives online - socialising, paying our bills and doing our homework are predominantly done through the Web. How would you cope if access to the web was taken away from you? Should access to the web be a human right, should Category A prisoners be allowed to go online and should the Government be able to control what we can and can't see? Click here to view related teaching resources.

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