22 August 2017
While in today’s age, where parents want to minimise the use of smartphones amongs't kids, Dutch government is thinking the other way. Samsung and T-Mobile in collaboration with the government will be providing free smartphones to over 1,000 kids in the Dutch city of The Hague. According to the Dutch state secretary for education, Jetta Kleinsma:
“All children should be able to participate. That’s why the government has reserved extra money so children from low-income families can also do sports, make music, dance, and participate in activities at school. Participating in this day and age also means participating online and on mobile.”
This measure stems from the fact that the schooling has become really modern these days with announcements, class schedules and other things going online. So the kids who can’t afford a smartphone are left behind.
The first 250 kids starting high school next week will receive their brand new smartphone, Samsung Xcover 4, and will also be given small lectures on how to use the phone without incurring too much costs. Also they would be taught about using the smartphone safely in traffic along with bad sexting lessons.
T-Mobile will offer unlimited local calls and 1 GB of data per month to the users under its “Social Sim” program. Certain paid numbers and international calls will be blocked though.
Overall, it seems to be a good initiative on the part of government to bring at par all the kids in these digitalized times.