Portland restricts home use of school-issued laptops

Posted April 30, 2012, at 11:21 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland public high school students are already restricted from accessing social networking sites, video streaming sites and other inappropriate websites on their school-issued laptops while at school.

Soon they won’t be able to access those sites from home either.

Over the next two weeks, the district will install filtering software to block social networking sites such as Facebook and video streaming sites such as YouTube. Also blocked will be forums and newsgroups, games, dating sites, gambling sites and chat rooms.

Peter Eglinton, chief operating officer for the district, told The Portland Press Herald the change means students will only be able to use the computers for their intended purpose — as educational tools — and not for entertainment.

Teachers and parents welcome the change, but students are furious.

 

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