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who are calling for tough regulation of web
companies and for the use of filtering software in schools ("Paedophiles
targeting pupils via the Internet", 10 April) to help protect pupils from
accessing dubious material on the Internet seem to have forgotten one
important aspect of their role. They are in the business of preparing pupils
for the harsh realities of the
world and equipping them with the knowledge and skills to prosper in that
world. This means acknowledging that life, with all of its opportunities and
challenges, also occasionally has a dark side to it. Having acknowledged this,
they should then set about ensuring that pupils are streetwise enough to be
able to deal with that dark side rather than sheltering them from it.
naturally inquisitive and if they know that
material is being filtered from them, they will find a way to access it. It is
better that they should be taught to develop their own judgement about
whatever material they may see on the Internet, and to be able to
assess for themselves its validity, rather than passively relying on a piece
of filtering software to do it for them.
Stanford le Hope, Essex
Match the following words to the definitions (2 points).
Accept the truth of, admit.
Protect, keep safe.
Unpleasantly rough or sharp, cruel, severe.
Difficult, demanding or stimulating task.
Answer the following questions (1.5 points)
Why should webs be filtered, according to the text?
b. Does the author agree with filtering webs? Why?
According to the text, will pupils stop looking for dubious software if webs
are regulated? Why?
Combine the following sentences using appropriate relative pronouns. Make any
other necessary changes (1.5 points).
The film is about a man. He loses his memory.
We saw the art exhibition. It received excellent reviews from the critics.
This is the music. I=ve
listened to it many times.
Write the following sentences in indirect speech (2 points).
>The government is preparing for the elections=, the journalist said.
b. >A taxi will be waiting at the airport for you=, the guide told Helen.
c. >Wheat is grown extensively in the USA=, the teacher pointed out.
"Boys were collecting money for charity
Composition (80 words). Give your opinion about computers and Internet (3