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UN Urges AI Guidelines for Children in Schools

UN urges schools to implement strict AI policies in the classrooms.

In recent guidelines, the UN Organization for Education, UNESCO, forewarned states that public authorities were not equipped to address the ethical issues associated with adopting “generative” AI programs in schools.

The Paris-based organization issued a warning that using these programs in place of real teachers could damage a child’s emotional well-being and make them more vulnerable to manipulation.

According to Audrey Azoulay of UNESCO, “Generative AI can be a tremendous opportunity for human development, but it can also cause harm and prejudice.” Without public participation and the required government safeguards and restrictions, it cannot be integrated into education.

The astonishing ability of ChatGPT, a generative AI program, to generate essays, poems, and dialogues from the smallest inputs garnered media attention in the latter part of last year.

Investors swarmed the sector, and advocates concentrated on education as a potentially lucrative market, despite concerns voiced about plagiarism and cheating in schools and colleges.

The UNESCO recommendations state that AI technology has the potential to help children with special needs, compete with humans in “Socratic dialogues,” or act as a research assistant.

According to AFP, governments must oversee their use and educators, students, and researchers must participate to the design of the technologies for them to be secure and effective.

Despite not recommending a minimum age for enrolling kids, the suggestion did mention that ChatGPT had a lower age limit of 13.

The guidance noted that “many commentators understand this threshold to be too young and have argued for legislation to raise the age to 16.”

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