Parents warn of faulty filters in take-home tabletsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- One parent says she is frustrated with the Fargo School District. That's because the take-home tablets the school provides to high schoolers - do not have strong enough security settings.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- One parent says she is frustrated with the Fargo School District. That's because the take-home tablets the school provides to high schoolers - do not have strong enough security settings.
When the students bring the tablets home, many of the devices are able to connect gambling and even porn sites.
This isn't the first time Theresa Settles has had an issue with the low-filter settings. But her biggest concerns isn't her daughter getting onto these sites. She says it's the fact that the school hasn't informed parents about the problem.
"I just wanted them to tell people."
In a world where technology is taking over, this mother knows just how tough it can be to keep young eyes from seeing things they shouldn't.
"As soon as she brought it home I said, let me see it. And as soon as I went, it connected to Playboy and I said ok."
This is the second year Theresa Settles daughter has brought home a laptop or tablet issued by the school.
"It's not that I am against technology,
Both years Theresa has managed to find her way around the filters and into sites not age appropriate for school-aged kids.
"I'm just against the fact that the school knew that there was an issue and they chose not to share it with the parents."
Taking home and signing up for the 600 dollars tablet is optional. But first each parent must agree to certain terms.
"And came up with a parent-student contract that outlines everything that they needed to know about having a tablet at home."
Including what the school district call "responsible use". That, Theresa says, is not enough.
"The agreement does not say, there is a known issue with it bypassing the filtering software."
Fargo School's IT Director Bill Westrick says it's up to the students who are told to follow similar rules at home, that they do at school.
"If you can get to something that's inappropriate, even if we're trying to filter it, that doesn't mean you should be viewing it."
For this frustrated mother, the schools efforts don't go unnoticed. She only wants to warn others.
"I agree with that and I do think that they are trying to work it out. My issue with them isn't that they are not trying to work it out it's that they haven't told their parents."
Each time Theresa took her problem to the school district, the IT department did up the filter settings.