Harassing tweets and lewd pictures are being seen on school-provided tabletsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We've gotten emails from concerned parents who say their kids have showed them twitter accounts where other students are posting harassing tweets and lewd pictures. Parents say they can be seen on school-provided tablets.
By: Brian Abel, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We've gotten emails from concerned parents who say their kids have showed them twitter accounts where other students are posting harassing tweets and lewd pictures. Parents say they can be seen on school-provided tablets.
Rob Kaspari/ Dir. of Technology, West Fargo Schools: "Closer to about 50-60 tablets"
West Fargo School’s director of technology Rob Kaspari says only a handful of tablets are available for students to use, and they're for school purposes only.
Kaspari: "Students use them during the classroom and they don't take them home or they usually aren't anywhere where they should not be supervised. They're generally supervised when using them"
In one of the emails received by WDAY, a concerned parent says their son showed them a pornographic image that was retweeted on another student's twitter account.
The parent says their son was able to see it from his school provided tablet.
Kaspari says the school has cut off access to Facebook on the devices, but Twitter is still allowed.
Kaspari: "Twitter is not blocked in the district. We've used twitter before for communication. Teachers like to use it."
And what happens once an image is shared on the web? Jeffrey Virkus is with the Computer Place.
Jeffrey Virkus/ Manager, The Computer Place: "It stays on the internet forever. I mean you can try to delete it but it's still there somewhere."
Which begs the question of why teens are increasingly sharing digital images, ones that can land them in hot water.
Kaspari: "I think it’s just one of those things where we have to do more education when it comes to digital citizenship."
Kaspari says any bullying should be immediately reported, cyber or otherwise, and says the school has made it convenient to report the behavior on its website.
He says if access to social media shows to be a lingering issue, the district will take a second look.
Kaspari: “Every summer we review what we call our acceptable use policy"
We called the principal of West Fargo for reaction.
Our phone call has not yet been returned.