HL Deb 18 December 2000 vol 620 cc37-8WA
The Earl of Northesk

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In light of the research being conducted by Dr Leon Straker at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, they have any plans to review the use of computers in schools, particularly in the context of protecting children from the potential risks of repetitive strain injury. [HL19]

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone)

The department believes that the effective use of computers in schools can help improve standards. The department is also determined to ensure that children's health and safety are protected at school, and we are continually looking to update our guidance and will maintain an interest in any relevant research. Earlier this year the department produced the Superhighway Safety information pack. This is a comprehensive guide to the whole range of safety measures which schools and parents can adopt, and includes information about pupils' physical well-being when using computers. The pack covers all the issues raised by Dr Straker, including addressing the potential risks of repetitive strain injury.