LA schools may halt iPad program because students bypass content restrictions

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Los Angeles Unified School District is rethinking its plan to hand out iPads to all the students in the district. The reason for the possible change in policy — the students are cracking the security controls and doing what they want with the devices, says a report in The LA Times.

According to report, students were allowed to bring the devices home and that is when the trouble began. Students said  “they couldn’t do anything with them” at home so they figured out how to unlock them by deleting the profile that was installed on the device. Once the profile was removed, the students were able to browse the internet, connect to social networks and stream music.

L.A. schools Superintendent John Deasy summarized it succinctly, “Outside of the district’s network … a user is free to download content and applications and browse the Internet without restriction.” L.A. Unified School District Police Chief Steven Zipperman allegedly recommended halting the distribution of the iPads until this situation can be brought under control.

The iPad program started this semester and Roosevelt High School in LA was one of the first campuses to receive the iPads. They have been in the hands of the students for about a week when the problem with securing the tablets emerged.

[Via The LA Times]

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  • Jimothy

    I mean are we really surprised?

  • Malcolm

    What did they expect?

  • John Austin

    God forbid students should be socializing.

  • John Austin

    Instead of locking them down, perhaps teach responsible browsing? the MORE you restrict their usage of technology, the more they will try to get around it. Lets face it, this is a technology driven world which has given open access to the world. I have always taught my children to be responsible when they are browsing.

  • Sublogic

    Really? They’re handing out out iPads at LAUSD? Back in the day all we had was Oregon Trail and we had to take turns in class.

    • Ed

      Lmao Oregon trail

  • bdone

    Wish they had a jailbreak and lockdown pro. I can set up an iPad to be kid proof. There is always dfu mode safe mode so about 1-5% of the smart kids would still be able to bypass restrictions, but if the teachers checked their iPads daily and confiscated them if they were tampered with and gave them a 0 for participation then they would stop. I would set time restrictions so they could use iPad fully right after school till 11pm. And they would be able to read iBooks after that. GO TO BED kid. Haha.

  • DoctorTim

    Darn kids and their Rock n Roll music…

  • Calvin Kerr

    You noobs. DFU mode. No way to secure that. A year ago I helped half my school reset their iPad to normal, unrestricted ones.

  • totempole90

    The problem is clearly with the school’s IT, not the device nor the students. How difficult is it for a network admin to block websites, or restrict the device from unautorized app installation?