Father’s concerned about distractions as education moves towards technology

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – One Tippecanoe School Corporation father wants the Internet out of classrooms, claiming it causes too many distractions – even for his son. A principal said because there’s a push towards technology in education, that most likely won’t happen.

John Smith said he caught his son downloading and playing the mature video game Grand Theft Auto on his school-issued laptop. Smith said his son, along with other students, are playing these games and visiting social media sites during class. He said they will use proxy sites to beat the filtering system. He believes the solution to these distractions would be to remove the Internet from the classrooms.

Harrison High School Principal Allen Remaly said the standard in education is now a digital one. He said the school is always updating the filtering system to block the proxy sites. He said all students and parents had to sign the acceptable use policy.

“You can drive 75 miles an hour down the road and if you get caught there are consequences. And it’s the same here. If you choose to use a proxy service, and we catch you, then there are consequences,” said Remaly.

“There’s really no need for the laptops. They’ve got textbooks, they’ve got two textbooks. One for in school and one to take home. I don’t know why they need Internet. It’s not like they need the Internet in the classroom. I think the Internet is nothing but a pure distraction,” said Smith.

Both Smith and Remaly agreed that parents should monitor what their children are doing on these laptops after school hours.

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