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Pasco schools block Yahoo! search engine



Pasco County students no longer can search the Internet with Yahoo!

The school district blocked the nation's third-ranked search engine Friday, telling employees to use Google, Bing or another site instead.

"Yahoo's filter is not adequate," school district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe explained. "In order to get E-Rate funding, we have to ensure that students aren't exposed to possibly damaging content. They can get around our filters with Yahoo."

Cobbe referred to the federal program that helps schools and libraries afford broadband Internet service. The Children's Internet Protection Act states that, to qualify for E-Rate funds, schools must implement a "technology protection measure" - a filter - to block access to visual depictions deemed "obscene," "child pornography" or "harmful to minors."

Cobbe said the district has not run into problems with any other search engines. She expected the block on Yahoo! to remain in place "until they can block everything."

[Last modified: Monday, February 22, 2016 2:19pm]


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