The State Government will give 197,000 senior public high school students a mini laptop next year. It will have wireless but no access to Facebook and MySpace.
The Minister for Education, Verity Firth, said the Government would prevent access to the social networking sites, and other sites, even when the laptops were used at home.
“We don’t want these kids to be using these computers for the not-so-wholesome things that can be on the net. And they won’t be able to because essentially the whole server is coming through the Department of Education.”
Bwahahaha! Good luck with preventing the kids finding an easy hack around this so-called blocked laptop. I’ve already thought of at least 3 ways to approach getting past it, and I only read this story 5 minutes ago, and I’m not a dedicated hackgeek. I guess the pollies will still have plausible protect-the-children deniability though: “we tried, how could we know that kids were this tricky?”.
The other side of the coin: why on earth would the kids want to take their laptop home with them when they finish their education? How obsolete will it be 4 years after they were issued with it, particularly when these laptops probably won’t be cutting-edge latest release anyway? The Dept of Education would be better off taking them back, wiping their memories and installing kiddy software for the kindy kids of four years hence to bang away on for a few years until they progress to better things, and the older kids can go out and get themselves something new and shiny.
H/T Phil Gomes on Facebook