Schools Hand Out iPads; Kids Hack Them in a Week
Los Angeles district is reassessing its policy
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2013 6:39 PM CDT
Updated Sep 29, 2013 7:48 AM CDT
File photo of an iPad.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – Los Angeles school officials began rolling out their ambitious plan to equip every kid in the district with an iPad last week, but they've quickly run into a problem—the kids are pretty computer savvy. It seems that the first high school students who brought the iPads home easily figured out how to hack the security controls, freeing themselves up to stream music, tweet away, or visit supposedly off-limits sites such as Facebook, reports CBS Los Angeles. The LA Unified School District has for now put a halt to students bringing the iPads home, and it might even suspend the program entirely, according to a memo obtained by the LA Times.

"I'm guessing this is just a sample of what will likely occur on other campuses once this hits Twitter, YouTube, or other social media sites explaining to our students how to breach or compromise the security of these devices," wrote the district's police chief. "I want to prevent a 'runaway train' scenario when we may have the ability to put a hold on the roll-out." Another glitch: The district still hasn't settled on a policy of who gets held accountable if a student's iPad turns up missing or stolen, reports the LA Daily News.

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Sep 30, 2013 9:05 PM CDT
It's call Liberalism in California with no common sense.
Sep 29, 2013 3:27 PM CDT
The writer of this article displays one of the biggest problems I find with the public in general as reflected by our schooling, bad grammar. It seems to be so painfully obvious on TV especially( as in:ekpecially,snuck,and here, as in the use of take-bring. If one transports an object FROM one place to another, he TAKES it. If it is transported to a place from another, it is BROUGHT to that place. I simplify it in my mind by thinking, if a person is COMING with something, they are bring(ing) it. If they are GOING with something, they are TAKING it. I may be a grammar snob, but to me, no matter how much you make as a celebrity or news anchor, if you don't use proper grammar, you are poor and ignorant, no matter how many degrees you have.
Sep 29, 2013 1:33 PM CDT
Technology is a wonderful tool. That said you must first know how to use the tool appropriately. Using a ratchet wrench to drive a nail doesn’t work very well. Using a computer to circumvent security features is not the intent of the computer. Why then does a school system give a student a tool that they obviously do not know how to properly use? Yes it is a skill set to learn how to circumvent security however this is not the intent of the device. Perhaps they could later get a job with the CIA, NSA or Homeland Security as this is what these agencies teach their technical personnel to do in order to access databases, public sites, email accounts, etcetera. When all those jobs are filled where else can these miscreants work? In the end ask these students to take a pencil and paper and write a report or do some basic arithmetic calculations and see the look on their faces and the finished product. This will tell you how ready they are to enter the real world and their level of learning. When the electricity goes off the pencil and paper still work.