Ga. Educators Grapple With Internet Censorship

Posted at 3:45 PM, Oct 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-13 11:58:25-04

ATLANTA (AP) — Educators are grappling with questions over how much of the Internet should be accessible to students as they distribute tablets and laptops to supplement classroom learning.

Fulton County Schools Deputy Superintendent Scott Muri tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( ) officials are trying to find a balance between giving students opportunities to make smart choices and making choices for them through content filtering.

The newspaper reports the district uses a web-filtering committee of teachers, principals and administrators who can make exceptions to which sites are blocked on school-issued devices.

DeKalb County schools Chief Information Officer Gary Brantley says teachers can override filters to show sensitive material if it's determined to have educational value.

Gwinnett schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach says the district allows a review process to allow restricted sites for instructional reasons.