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Harry McCann - Ireland's Most Successful 19-Year-Old?

Harry McCann may be the youngest person yet to do The Last Word's Friday Interview. The 19-year-old...
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6:31 PM - 6 Apr 2018



Harry McCann - Ireland's M...

The Last Word With Matt Cooper

Harry McCann - Ireland's Most Successful 19-Year-Old?

TodayFM
TodayFM

6:31 PM - 6 Apr 2018

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Harry McCann may be the youngest person yet to do The Last Word's Friday Interview.

The 19-year-old entrepreneur and public speaker is passionate about using technology to make a difference in the world, and he has been very successful so far.

Harry says he is primarily interested in how technology impacts our lives, particularly with young people: "We live in a technological age, and I'm interested in how that's having an effect on how young people are using it to change and shape the future."

What does he think of the idea of banning smartphones for under-16s?

"I like to look on the bright side. Young people are doing positive things with technology, building businesses and using social media to meet friends. I think the positives far outweigh the negatives."

"I'm not sure throwing around bans is the way to fix things. I believe if we educate young people properly, these tools can be positive rather than negative."

Unlike many young people who can't remember a time before this kind of technology, Harry says he didn't grow up around it from the beginning.

"It came into my life, it wasn't there at all times. I didn't grow up with a tablet. We had a PC in the house and then a smartphone and other things."

Since the age of 12 or 13, technology has been a very important part of his life, and he says it can absolutely be beneficial if used in the right way.

Harry started his first business, Kid Tech, at age 15 to introduce coding to kids. He then founded the Digital Youth Council to help ensure young people have a say in the future of STEM.

His latest business is Trendster.ie, a media site for young people, on which writers from all over the world cover breaking news and trending topics.

Concerning the digital age of consent, Harry thinks 13 is okay.

"My biggest thing is access to information. I don't think we should be restricting access, we should be allowing young people to explore the world. The biggest thing is not just allowing them online, it's educating them first in how to be responsible and safe online."

Despite his success, he describes himself as a normal teenager: "I go out with my friends and during the day I do my business things."

Harry says his ambitions change every day, but at the moment he wants to focus on running a successful business. However, he admits he would consider a career in politics.

"There's an opportunity to deal with the big decisions. I've always wanted to have a positive impact on the world."

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