Gilbert parents claim school-issued laptops give access to porn, other … – ABC15 Arizona

GILBERT, AZ – Some parents are outraged in Gilbert, claiming their 7th and 8th grade students have access to pornography on school issued laptops.

The computers are supposed to help connect students to the internet, but some parents claim students can find a lot more than help with their homework.

“I don’t want pornography to be available to these kids,” said parent Michelle Evans.

Evans was worried from the start about the laptop program.

Her son found he had access to YouTube, a site that school administrators said would be blocked.

Evans did her own digging and found the computers gave access to a lot of inappropriate material.

“It makes me angry,” Evans explained.

“I am trying to do everything I can to teach my kids to be safe on the internet, but I don’t know what they are going to come across,” said Evans.

Evans says images of sex acts, even X-rated videos are found with just a few clicks of the mouse.

The Gilbert School District says search functions like Google Images were recently blocked.

There’s also a sophisticated filtering system in place.

The Gilbert School District says the take-home laptop program has been met with an overwhelmingly positive feedback, but admits they are still working out kinks with its content filtering system.

Parents say their worries stretch even beyond the pornography.

“I’m concerned about the time teachers are spending in the classroom trying to manage 30 kids who would much rather be playing games with their friends,” said parent Michael Gilligan.

Some parents say they will consider legal action, if necessary, citing laws protecting children from material on the internet, if a solution to the porn problem doesn’t come soon.

ABC15 attempted to contact Gilbert Public schools several times on Monday for comment regarding this story.

So far, calls and emails have not been returned.

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