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iOS 7 disabled safety features on school iPads

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A North Texas school district issued warnings to parents after discovering Apple's new iOS 7 has a glitch that puts student safety at risk.

The Lewisville Independent School District uses iPads for classroom learning in selected schools. Normally a firewall prevents students from accessing inappropriate content online.

However, Billie Jean Weddle said she was curious recently about what was on her 15-year-old daughter's school-issued iPad. She tried to download disturbing apps and succeeded.

"I felt like I wasn't very secure and neither were my children," she said.

The district confirmed it's a problem with the new operating system. Students are protected by the firewall while on campus, but once they take their devices home they can browse, watch and download whatever they want.

In addition, the system that normally monitors student activity and notifies teachers if an iPad is compromised or if safety features are circumvented is disabled at home.

School administrators have notified parents and encouraged them to set up their own firewalls until the problem is fixed, which should be before the end of the month.

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