why do i feel uneasy over charles dickens new library and their methods of enabling students to take out library books? despite the head teachers assurances that nowt will be kept on the data base...am I just old fashioned? well I am really! bar codes...thumb prints....Charles Dickens or Belmarsh!
I'm with you on that what is wrong with the old fashioned library card? the kids go to the school so they know where to find them if their book is late back-probably will surround their class room with armed policemen in riot gear!!
Having said that by the time most of them leave school they will be used to ID cards, fingerprint credit cards and cameras following their every move.
The problem of security and who has access to the fingerprint information is one problem, another is the fact that this softens kids up to things like ID cards when they get older. The government clearly wants a National Database with all our fingerprint and DNA information, but knows that this is a difficult thing to pass through Parliament, so they do it via the back door, bring the kids on side, get fingerprint and DNA from anyone who is arrested, regardless of whether they are charged or found guilty of any crime, renewal passport applications etc. Whether the government manages to force through the ID card legislation or not, they will get their national database regardless.
As an add on, I would like to add that my daughter's school, Charles Dickens, has agreed to allow parents to refuse the (illegal) fingerprinting of their children, and my older daughter, who goes to Pimlico, has been allowed to opt out of the system they have had there for the past 4 years, after I threatened to sue them for taking my daughters prints without my permission.
(Green Party candidate for Chaucer Ward)
Good for you Amanda....I had not realised that system had been in use for so long in any school...and as DeeDee said what is wrong with library cards, especially if the school lets the children act as librarians.