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Primary Pupils See Porn During Lesson

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 15th February 2013

Internet porn has accidentally been shown during a computer class at a Cornish school.

Children at Padstow primary were supposed to be searching for information on rivers when it happened.

Officials say it was a problem with the search engine and the filters have been fixed.

The school says it is working with pupils and parents affected, offering them advice and guidance.

Headteacher Phil Banks said: "We've had a meetin for all of the parents involved and talked to them about the issues. We are now exploring the best way to deal with the aftermath with the parents.

"We're very confident this won't happen again. The search engine we use remains filtered. We are completely secure. We are confident of that."

Tough security measures, which cover other schools in Cornwall, are in place on computers used by pupils.

But the people behind them say, in this case, the gap in protection came from the Bing and Yahoo images safe search feature. Access to the website they came from was already blocked.

In a statement the South West Grid for Learning Trust said: "We apologise that the children at Padstow School encountered these images; we have robust mechanisms in place to ensure that any issue is dealt with immediately and appropriately. We take any matter which involves the safety of children online extremely seriously, and indeed our unique mechanisms have helped to ensure that, when extremely serious issues occur – such as those involving attempted access to illegal material – they are given the highest priority by all organisations involved."

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