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Portland schools further restrict student laptop use

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland school officials are taking new steps to beef up security on laptops issued to students.

Access to inappropriate sites are already blocked at school. Now they'll be blocked when students use the laptops at home.

The blocked sites include pornography, dating and gambling websites. Along with those sites Facebook and Youtube will also be off limits at home. That's not sitting well with students.

"I think it's stupid because if you're at home you should be able to do what you want to do and be on whatever website you want to. It's pointless", said Brianna Holdren, a student at Portland High School.

Students throughout Maine are issued laptop computers to use in the classroom and to take home. Once at home there's no telling what sites the students visit. But that's about to change in Portland. It's becoming one of the first school districts in the state to install new security software that will restrict access to certain websites while the students are at home.

District officials say the changes go along with the current policy that says the computers are to be used for educational purposes only.

"For strictly school related work in fact they have to sign acknowledgements that it's only for educational purposes in support of their school work", said Peter Eglinton, Chief Operating Officer for the district.

The change will happen on May 14th. The software will be remotely put on all computers. When students log on for the first time after that it will automatically download.






















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