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Pupils exposed to porn at school

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: December 07, 2013

  • Tiverton High School where Year 7 pupils were exposed to porn yesterday

  • Mr Andrew Lovett, the school's headteacher.

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FLAWS in Devon's school web filter have been revealed after 11-year-olds were shown porn on a school projector.

Concern was raised by parents when two year 11 students, who were leaving their art lesson at Tiverton High School yesterday, decided to project the offensive image onto the board.

A teacher had left her laptop, which is linked directly to the projector, on in the room while she stepped out for a short time before returning with her next class of year 7 pupils.

The two male students have since been sanctioned after claiming the incident was a ‘prank’.

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The school relies on a regional internet filtering system known as South West Grid for Learning for blocking porn and other prohibited websites.

Headteacher, Andrew Lovett, said: “We take eSafety very seriously at Tiverton High School and indeed the recent OFSTED report stated that students are well informed about how to keep themselves safe online.

“Our welfare team is well trained in eSafety matters and are always on hand to help any students who feel they have been affected by any online issues.”

He added: “We have robust safety-nets and filters on our school internet connections. South West Grid For Learning provide this system for all Devon schools and they continuously monitor and update their lists of sites and content for filtering.

“Unfortunately teenagers have always been experts at finding ways around barriers, both in the physical world and online, and regrettably instances of that can have serious repercussions, as in this instance.”

He has also said that as soon as the teacher returned she removed the image and a senior teacher on IT and internet safety came and spoke to pupil’s in the class.

He said: “In this day and age internet safety is a big issue. That teacher spoke to them about importance of reporting things that are inappropriate online. We also contacted all the parents and explained what had happened.”

Mr Lovett confirmed that one parent, whose child was in exposed to the image, has chosen not to send them to school today.

He is yet to see the image as it has now been blocked by the filtering system but said that from what he has been told the image is not of the ‘depraved’ nature.

The two pupils have spent most of Friday working with the deputy headteacher, rather than being sent home and will be having restorative conversations with staff members, whose trust they breached. There parents have also been informed about the incident.

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  • witch7nx  |  December 07 2013, 10:02AM

    Is this really newsworthy?? I went to a good, popular school in the area (though not Tiverton High School) and worse things than this happened which did not make the local press. It seems that the Gazette (and whoever saw fit to phone the paper with this) has a real axe to grind with Tiverton High School and is trying to drag the place down rather than encourage and support them to improve. What is this article supposed to achieve? Are you hoping that they will name and shame who put the pornographic image on the screen, or would you rather they got educated/helped to realise why they shouldn't have? Are you hoping that the teacher in question will lose their job? Whatever the reason, this is another example of the local press being used (and allowing themselves to be used) to be just as childish as the kids in question - a bit of common sense and dare I say, sense of humour may be in order here to get through and move on from, this situation!!

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  • djthomson  |  December 06 2013, 11:03PM

    Either your article is inaccurate and they not 11 year olds but are 16 year olds that are in year 11 or they are not in year 11 and are 11 year olds!

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