Until a few years ago, the emphasis in schools in Northern Ireland, in terms of ICT use, was on acquiring sufficient desktop or laptop computers to enable as many children as possible to be able to access these devices. However, within a relatively short period of time, tablet computers have become much more prevalent.
In recent years employers in schools and colleges have introduced technology as an aid for the monitoring and surveillance of employees.
Getting the balance right between protecting young people from risk - accessing unsuitable material, making unsuitable contacts, or harming a computer by downloading a virus - and empowering them to use the internet effectively and productively is not always easy.
The law relating to health and safety issues for work with computers is contained in the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992, which define a 'user' as an employee who habitually uses display screen equipment as a significant part of their normal work.