FOREST GROVE, Ore. (CBS Seattle) – A mother of a 12-year-old girl claims her daughter was reading erotica on the school-issued iPad.
“The only time she had her iPad was at school or on the bus,” Sarah, the mother of the girl, told KATU.
Sarah does not want her daughter to have access to technology. She does not allow her daughter to have her own phone, social media account, or personal computer. Sarah said the family’s internet is connected though their television in the living room.
“I don’t want her to have unauthorized access to the Internet,” Sarah told the station.
Sarah said her daughter was one of the students that visited the website Wattpad. Wattpad is a writing community in which users are able to post articles, stories, and poem about anything either online or through the app.
Wattpad is very popular with young adults but they also have an adult only section.
Sarah searched the iPad’s history and found that her daughter, along with other students, was reading erotica. “I was shocked!” Sarah told KATU. “It was not something you expect a 12-year-old to look at, or to talk about, or to want to do or anything. She’s still a little girl.”
Sarah grounded her daughter and informed the school that the students were accessing sites they should not have been on.
About a month later, Sarah found out that her daughter had set up her own email account. “I found out she had an email account and was sending pictures of herself and having relations online, Sarah told KATU.
Sarah made her daughter go “electronics-free” the rest of the school year, which had about seven months left.
Her daughter did have difficulty with some assignments, as students at Neil Armstrong Middle School used the iPad for virtually all learning.
Sarah alerted the school district again.
“I think it was a mess,” Sarah went on to tell the station. “I think it was a complete and total mess. I think the school could have found other ways to handle this.”
The principal of the school Sarah’s daughter attends issued the following statement:
There is no way to ensure absolute security on a technology device. As we develop our program as others schools are doing the same, we will continue to focus on teaching and training our students in the appropriate ways to use technology to support their learning, keep themselves safe and leave as small and limited a digital footprint as possible.