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Internet access for inpatients
  1. Tomos Rees,
  2. Rachel Brooks,
  3. Elspeth Webb
  1. School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Elspeth Webb, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Heath Park, Cardiff, Wales CF14 4XW, UK; webbev{at}

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all children have the right to education, information, play and friendship. The internet plays a pre-eminent role in society today, with almost all older children using the internet for these activities.1 ,2

The quality of the hospital environment is important to well-being.3 Prolonged absence from school is acknowledged to affect social functioning and friendships along with education. Over the last few decades much has been done to improve and normalise the hospital environment. Internet access could improve this further, particularly for older children who form an increasingly large proportion of the inpatient population.4 However children must be protected from …

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  • Contributors TR collected and analysed the data, wrote it up for a student module, and approved the final draft. RB jointly supervised TR, made editorial suggestions on the paper, and approved the final draft. EW conceived and designed the study, jointly supervised TR, rewrote TR’s student project for publication and approved the final draft.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.