Belfast Telegraph

Friday 21 November 2014

US students bypass iPad security

Los Angeles students quickly bypassed security settings in their new iPads
Los Angeles students quickly bypassed security settings in their new iPads

Education officials in a Los Angeles district are rethinking a 1 billion dollar plan to put an Apple iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out.

Instead of solving maths problems or doing English homework, as administrators envisioned, more than 300 Los Angeles Unified School District students promptly cracked the security settings and started tweeting, posting to Facebook and playing video games.

Such problems have both critics and supporters questioning whether LAUSD officials were being hasty or overreaching in their attempt to distribute iPads throughout the district's more than 1,000 campuses by next year.

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