One mother is not pleased about the sites her daughter has been able to access on a school-issued iPad.
An Oregon mother identified as Sarah says she discovered her 12-year-old daughter reading erotica on a school iPad, even though the school blocked inappropriate sites. Students from Neil Armstrong Middle School are only supposed to use the iPads for educational purposes, but they have repeatedly found ways to breach security, according to local outlet KATU-TV.
"I was shocked!" Sarah said about the sites her daughter was using to KATU-TV. "It was not something you expect a 12-year-old to look at, or to talk about, or to want to do or anything. She's still a little girl."
Although Sarah reported multiple incidents regarding iPad security to the district, she did not feel as though they responded effectively. School principal Brandon Hundley told the outlet that “Relative to parent concerns, we take them very seriously and have acted on each as soon as reported … We absolutely limit the access students have and continually add websites to our blocked list as we find those that are not supportive of our educational mission.”
But the school is not alone in facing security problems after providing students with iPads. Last year, Los Angeles Unified School District embarked on a major project to give every student and teacher an iPad. However, just as the program began, about 300 students breached iPad security limits and accessed forbidden sites, reports Reuters.
Now, the district just announced that it has suspended its contract with Apple Inc., which is seen as the project’s latest setback.
"We remain committed to providing students devices that support their access to a world of learning and discovery so they are better prepared to graduate college and career ready," district superintendent John Deasy said in a statement, reports the Associated Press."Not only will this decision enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace and technology advances, it will also give us time to take into account successes and concerns learned in the initial phases of the (project)," he said.