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Like any tool, iPads can be used…and misused

He said that parents and teachers should treat the accessing of porn sites or bullying online by students with the same concern as if the student had a pornographic magazine or was bullying face-to-face.

Information that wouldn’t be given to a stranger calling the house shouldn’t be shared over the iPad, he added.

“All of those things we did in the face-to-face environment or telephone environment are also things we need to teach our children and adults,” said Sparangis. “Those are things that teach us to protect each other and ourselves.”

Students should be encouraged to report misuse of iPads to teachers, and families and government also bear a responsibility, he said.

“We all have a vested interest in this digital age to act appropriately and report each other’s bad behavior,” said Sparangis.

Cox noted that while Raleigh students know the iPad use rules, there aren’t enough teachers to enforce them.
“My son has a teacher … and he’s went to the extreme of watching the kids’ eyeglasses to see if the reflections on the eyeglasses is a book he’s teaching out of, or if the kids are playing games.

“My kid can go from a game to a book in two taps,” Cox added. “So how are the teachers supposed to watch all of these kids?”

Cox suggested that teachers, tech-savvy students and concerned parents form iPad use committees at each campus to make schools safe, “game-free” zones of learning.

The iPads are subject to search by school officials, according to the student use policy.

©2014 The Register-Herald (Beckley, W.Va.). Visit The Register-Herald (Beckley, W.Va.) at www.register-herald.com. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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