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Some parents show concerns over school-issued laptops

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

With thousands of students in the tri-county area taking home school-issued laptops or tablets, some parents have concerns about their child’s cyber safety.

“They can go onto other things I mean they may not think of every website to block. There’s a lot of bad things out there that they can get into. Especially middle school and high school they know all the tricks,” Cindy Lee said.

After a Berkeley County School District mother reached out to Live 5 News about her child using Google Apps such as Google Hangout and messaging, we looked into the security Berkeley County Schools place on their student issued Chromebooks.

“We’ve not really had any security issues and the district does a lot to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Devon Forest Elementary Principle said.

Diane Driggers with the Berkeley County School District technology department also said students have training before they take the devices home.

“Students complete Digital Citizenship Curriculum lessons by Common Sense Media, Parents attend a Parent University take Home Launch Event at the school,” Driggers said.

She also said the children are monitored even when they leave the school walls, Cyber Security content designed to

The previously downloaded Google Apps used for educational purposes can be accessed from home, but can also be deactivated for the Google domain accounts.

Driggers also said that no filter is foolproof, so the district asks parents and teachers to help students navigate safely.

Parents said once their children starting bringing these tablets home, they will closely monitor their usage with the Chromebook.

“I would be right there with him when he’s using it. Not allowed to go in another room and use it. So as long as I can see,” Laura Sims said.

“Just checking and double checking what they’ve done on it and they’ve been in and the apps they’ve been in just to make sure everything’s good,” Chance Powell said.

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