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Young debaters take on Internet dilemmas

Craig Elementary students participate in parent-run club

Olga Plotnikov talks to students on the red team during a break at the Craig Elementary student debate. Poltnikov, the parent of a third grader, spearheaded the debate club and volunteers to run it.

Olga Plotnikov talks to students on the red team during a break at the Craig Elementary student debate. Poltnikov, the parent of a third grader, spearheaded the debate club and volunteers to run it. Photo by John Purcell.

— When asked, he did concede students need to learn how to spell words.

Rishika Chavali, a fifth-grader, contested the time it takes to use a dictionary. She said the more people use a dictionary, the easier it will get and it is better since people are not at all the computer all the time.

Julia Thurn, also a fifth-grader, contested an earlier point made by Aditya and said what if someone couldn’t afford spyware and antivirus software to protect their computer. Then their computer would open to hackers.

Aditya said software prices only get lower over time and will be more affordable for people.

Rishika also brought up the recent incident involving threatening videos on the Internet directed at two Niskayuna high school students. She said the students weren’t able to concentrate on their schoolwork following the incident.

Kamryn said the video has been deleted from YouTube and nobody can watch it anymore, so problems are dealt with that arise on the Internet.

At the end of the debate, Olga Plotnikov, acting as the moderator, summed up points raised during the debate. Poltnikov said the main thing to remember when using the Internet is to be responsible.

The next debate will be on whether people should make a New Year’s resolution.

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