Thursday, 16 February 2017 08:58

Parent concerned students can access porn at school Featured

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HOLLIS (WGME) - A parent in the Bonny Eagle School District said her 4th grader was recently able to access pornography while in the classroom.

She said iPads normally used for lessons are wide open for kids to search anything.

 

Students at Hollis Elementary have had iPads in the classroom since the school year started. The district hopes it would teach children about responsibility. But one parent said her daughter got much more than that when she accessed porn right at her desk.

 

"Even if one student, once, ends up on a porn site. That's unacceptable." said parent Jennifer Russell.

 

The world wide web opens up a world of opportunities. "The internet is a tool that can be very useful for students to access topics and get information they wouldn't otherwise." she added. Russell said that was just one answer she received from Hollis Elementary School Principal Clay Gleason.

 

Russell added "I mean I have emails, from previous and previous and previous. I feel like I'm just asking the same question and not getting an answer."

 

Three weeks ago, Russell said her daughter along with a number of other students accessed pornography on their school issued iPads. She stated "She typed in the word sex and the principal said she typed in the word licking." She said photos popped right up and nothing was blocked

 

"I really felt like this must of been some horrible mistake, that her iPad somehow hadn't had the proper blocks put on it."

 

The school district said they do have some firewalls on iPads and computers but stated students sometimes find a way around them and say in class they try to teach kids to be responsible online.

 

Russell responded with "We don't just lay everything down there in front of children and say here have at it. And I'm going to tell you what's okay and what's not and I expect you from here on out to be responsible. To me that's kind of like setting guns out on the playground and saying make the proper choice."

 

The interim superintendent of MSAD 6 didn't want to go on camera But told us, they're looking into ways to prevent this from happening again.

 

"I can't believe what I'm hearing really and I see no interest at all in anyone wanting to change it." concluded Russell.

 

Russell said school officials told her there were similar problems with iPads at Bonnie Eagle High School, but the district overall chose to not block any websites.