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So we set up something called the Internet Parliament. It had up to 25 schools but it's now 50 schools generally from all over Norway and its to the school councils who are a member of it and they have a special key to go into the room, an electronic key. And they do have debate, and they have voting on different issues, very often on hearing processes from the government. Should homosexuals be allowed to adopt a child - why not ask the kids? We did. Whatever comes up. Asylum seekers, how to treat them. When it comes to home and participation this can also be a threat. What, when and where children should eat or play, is mostly decided by parents. Children are told, instructed, they are forced to obey the rules, regulations. Most of the do’s and don’t are not proceeded by adequate explanation. I think this is some time we have passed. It’s all the latest from the research in Switzerland. I was in Switzerland a few weeks ago, organised by UNICEF and they put forward research which was undertaken on children’s participation. They concluded, the most important place children participate most is in the home. I think it’s the same in Norway and Scandinavia, so they are a winning area because you have changed the attitude and image of the child. Modern parents today are in a time of transition. Parents want the best for their child, they demand quality from school, health, public, private. I can see all the letters and phone calls from parents in my office where they stand on their child’s rights or children’s rights in general. So they are strong advocators for childhood in Norway.

Internet Parliament for Pupils