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Elementary Students Breach Filters, Access Porn Sites At School

Can porn be easily accessed in your child's school?

How safe are the internet filters at your child’s school?

According to KTVX in Salt Lake City, elementary school students were able to breach the school’s filters to access porn on-line by typing words in Spanish.

Four 9 and 10 year old boys were able to bypass the filter installed on computers at McPolin Elementary in Park City.

The students were able to view on-line racy images at least 25 times in the last couple of weeks, while their teacher was in the classroom. “There were some inappropriate scenes with nudity,” admits Tom VanGorder, Park City School District. He continues, “With technology these days, it’s going to be impossible to stop everything”. 

The kids were busted after a classmate told a teacher who then told the principal.

“I was surprised. I thought a teacher would be in there monitoring, but apparently not,” says Faylene Weiman, a mother. That teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave while the district investigates this incident troubling to parents.

I’m torn on whether the teacher is actually negligent. He or she told the principal immediately after learning about the porn. Is a teacher expected to monitor every single, second of usage on a computer if they’re under the impression the school has placed filters on the internet? If so, is that expecting too much considering how many students are in each class in public schools? Should the school’s filter have been better in the first place? How would you react if this happened at your child’s school?

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