Poor pupils in The Hague to get smartphone free of charge
Smartphones are becoming an increasingly important part of school planning and communication and children without access to one risk being sidelined, the scheme’s backers say.
Children who are deemed eligible for a phone will also be given lessons in the risks associated with phones, such as sexting and using them while cycling.
The phones will also be locked to stop the user phoning abroad or expensive SMS services.
The project is being funded by the city council, the social affairs ministry’s poverty fund, Leergeld Den Haag, T-Mobile, and Samsung. ■