PARENTS: 7-Year-Olds Using School-Issued iPads to Download Porn – Schools Not Supplying Filters


child-computerFebruary 16, 2015

EAG NEWS BY KYLE OLSON – Kyle founded Education Action Group in 2007.

ENCINITAS, Calif. – In an effort to get technology into the hands of every student, schools are finding they may creating more problems than they’re solving.

Parents in the Encinitas Union School District overwhelmed a recent school board meeting to let board members know the district’s iPads-for-all program is giving children access to shocking content.

Five parents in all addressed the board, with one dad saying “his 7-year-old son had been exposed to porn on a school iPad that had been downloaded at home and then brought to school by a classmate,” the Seaside Courier reports.

Other parents talked about the “mental and emotional distress” of seeing porn on the taxpayer-funded devices.

“On campus there’s a firewall, so it’s protected, but once they leave the school grounds it’s not restricted at all,” parent Amber Goodson said in a different Courier story.

“They hopped in the car, told me what happened, and I sort of freaked out,” she said.

“I’d assumed that these iPads that my school had given to my kids were safe for my kids, and I thought there must’ve been some sort of error. How did that image get through the filters? I drove home, did a bit of research, and quickly learned something terrifying: these school iPads have no filters.”

Meanwhile, another parent who is an “IT specialist for a large technology firm,” said he installed a filter to block material he deemed inappropriate, “only to have the teacher wipe it clean the next day.”

The Encinitas school district has purchased 5,400 tablet devices for $2.7 million.

That district isn’t alone with huge problems stemming from “iPads-for-all” schemes.

The Los Angeles Unified district – the second-largest in the country – purchased 700,000 iPads, only to have the program plagued with problems.

The Los Angeles Times listed just some of the issues with the $1 billion plan:

  • Teachers reported not being able to connect to the Internet in some classrooms.
  • Students bypassed security measures and surfed prohibited websites.
  • Parents aren’t sure if they’re liable if the $678 tablets get lost or break.
  • District directives have been misinterpreted.

Some students had their iPads seized by school administrators while others could use them but couldn’t take them home.

Back at Encinitas, they’re working to implement a filtering system for home use.

Until then, parents will have to cross their fingers, hoping their children aren’t surfing porn on a school-owned device.