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Last Updated: Wednesday November 02 2005 12:01 GMT

PM asks kids for technology hints

Jim Murphy MP at Skinner's Company's School for Girls
The government is putting together plans for how technology will help kids in years to come, and they want your ideas to help decide what to do.

The Prime Minister wants young people to think ahead to 2010 and give their ideas about how technology could work.

Areas to think about include computers, driving a car, voting and getting a job.

Ministers know technology's important, but they want to know how you think it will affect your life.

The scheme was launched on 2 November at Skinner's Company's School for Girls by Jim Murphy MP, who works in the cabinet office.

Jim Murphy MP
Jim Murphy MP listened to ideas on future technology
He spoke to a group of students from the school, and some of them gave him some top ideas to be getting on with.

Sherona, 14, thought computers were too costly and wasn't happy that downloads were so expensive, sometimes costing money when they said they would be free.

Davina and Christianah, both aged 13, thought every pupil should have a laptop to use at school, although Davina thought they should give them back each day while Christianah wanted to be able to keep hers.

My Murphy added that all jobs need computer skills, and that the government wants to give everyone all the skills they need to make things better.

The cost of home computing was a big issue for the girls - who are members of the school's computer club - and some came up with some novel ideas.

One plan was to get the computers themselves for free, but pay a line rental to use them online, just like a telephone or mobile.

But your ideas shouldn't be restricted to mobiles and computers, the government wants to know about any way you think technology can help you.

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