Tuesday, November 6, 2007

H.S. Students Use School-Issued Laptops to Create, Send Porn

Look, if the OLPC can be used to surf for porn, why would this surprise anyone? These are MacBooks, after all ... built-in webcam ... and as Apple likes to say, great for multimedia! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

In Snow Hill, North Carolina, students used school-issued laptops at Greene Central High School were used to create and distribute porn. It's become a big deal, with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) involved.

In one case, a 16-year-old student reportedly sent video of himself with his 15-year-old girlfriend to a teacher by mistake.

For a minimal insurance fee, students in sixth through 12th grades in Greene County get a MacBook to take home. The school system leases the laptops with a combination of tax money and grants. As I said, each of this year's models has a webcam.

Greene County Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Mazingo said the school system does not plan to cancel the laptop program. Administrators, however, are working with the district attorney's office on a video (how ironic!) to teach students about how serious charges can be for using the cameras inappropriately.

Authorities have not charged any students yet, but they could face felony charges and mandatory jail time for a first offense if they were convicted (doubtful that they would go this far). On the other hand, at the school level, students who violate computer conduct policies can be banned from using any school computer.

Lesson one: if you're going to send something like this, zip (or rar) it and encrypt with a password, then double-check the email address (whether you're sending it directly or using some file-sharing site like box.net). Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Perhaps this will be turned into one of those Mac vs. PC commercials, touting the multimedia capabilities of the MacBook? No? You don't think so?


Anonymous said...

Kids in other countries would give their eye teeth to have computers with which to learn and better themselves. But our kids just get issued condoms and herpes vaccines. They are idiots compared with the youth of the rest of the world.

Anonymous said...

I think it's unfair to say that all kids in the US are idiots. I think the percentage of stupid kids is directly proportional to the number of stupid adults. Where else would they learn it from?

And seriously, who's the genius that did not see this coming? Give a group of kids something as powerful as a computer and at least one is bound to do something this stupid with it.

kevjohn said...

Creating and distributing images/videos of underaged teens having sex is considered child pornography, even if they are the ones doing it. It'll be interesting to see what kind of magical deal their lawyers work out that'll keep these child pornographers out of jail.