The following motion was approved by the WRDSB Trustees on June 27, 2016:
Almost 16 months ago we raised the concern that children have access to porn and other harmful content on school computers in the WRDSB. I honestly thought it would be an easy fix, especially given that Waterloo is Canada’s tech hub. Instead, it’s been an uphill fight.
Why is that? CTV News Kitchener may have the answer, but first I have some news.
Fifteen months ago my husband and I politely asked WRDSB staff to install adequate Internet filtration on school computers. Children should be protected from accessing porn and other harmful content while at school.
It’s taken us well over a year, but finally public sector tech firms can now propose a solution. Hopefully, we’ll see a report on those proposals in June.
The reckless and negligent use of technology within the WRDSB has produced anxiety among parents. Many have questions about childhood education. Whether it’s the Internet issue or the new sex-ed curriculum or the academic standards, many have expressed concern.
Because of this, our church, Harvest Bible Chapel, is hosting an information night on childhood education this coming Sunday at 7 PM. We have rented Woodland Christian High School in Breslau for the evening.
Parenting is tough business, especially today. We want to help parents think through the many challenges they face as well as present the various educational options available.
My husband and I will speak at the event. Sean Sheeran who’s been instrumental in promoting www.waterlooregionsafeschools.com
will also speak. We have a few other speakers scheduled, and we will follow up with an open-panel Q & A.
You can access all the information you need about this important event here
. Please sign up and attend
. I know you will find it helpful!
Concerned parent, John Maggs, had a letter to the editor published in Saturday’s Record.
Last Monday night, we had a small victory at the WRDSB meeting. The trustees voted to give the private sector an opportunity to explain how they can stop inappropriate use of the Internet within the WRDSB.
That was a small victory, a very small victory.
We’ve been pushing for change in the WRDSB for over 13 months. Even with that motion last Monday, children can still access pornography and other harmful content on school computers, on school WiFi, and during school time.
At the board meeting last Monday prior to the discussion on Internet filtration, staff CIO Mark Carbone did some vision casting. Carbone is the person responsible for Intenet filtration. He told our parent council last spring that the Internet would be properly filtered within two weeks. The problem is still not fixed. (more…)
The Cambridge Times has reported on the porn in WRDSB schools many times. Here’s their latest article.
From the beginning Lianne Laurence at lifesitenews.com has covered our fight to protect children from harmful Internet content in the WRDSB. Yesterday she reported on the trustees’ motion that passed Monday evening. You can read that article here. Her original article of September is here, and she wrote a follow up to it in February here in which she reported that porn in schools is now a province-wide problem.