Engadget reports today on a story in the Los Angeles Times about how schoolchildren in LA have caused an iPad rollout program in local schools to be put on hold, because they have figured out how to bypass the safeguards installed to stop them accessing sites such as Twitter on th.
According to the report, 300 children at Theodore Roosevelt High School were easily able to work around the protective features that had been installed on the iPads that were given to them as part of a plan to give iPads to all 640,000 school students in the area. This meant that the children were freely able to access such forbidden sites as Facebook and Twitter.
Apparently it was as simple as deleting their preloaded personal profiles on the iPads via the Settings menu, but that simple move has now had the effect of prompting the school district police chief to recommend that the school board halt the $1 billion rollout of the iPads, lest it become a “runaway train scenario.”
Meanwhile, as the school board tries to figure out a better way to restrict access to the unwanted sites, the children are banned from using the iPads at home.
Source: LA officials may delay school iPad rollout after students hack them in a week