Pittsburgh Public Schools blocks safe YouTube after ‘inappropriate video’ found in educational link

Pittsburgh Public Schools blocks safe YouTube after ‘inappropriate video’ found in educational link

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Public Schools took action after they said an “inappropriate video” was found in the link of an education video during a school’s virtual learning day.

PPS officials said the video was embedded in the link that came from “Safe YouTube.” The teacher at a PPS school that was not made clear by officials posted the link in an early childhood classroom dashboard on Schoology.

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That link, which was supposed to show a counting nursery rhyme, instead included “inappropriate content,” PPS said.

Because of this incident, PPS blocked the Safe YouTube website indefinitely as they monitor internal and external dashboards for virtual learning.

You can read the full statement from PPS below:

“This morning, we took immediate action upon notification of an inappropriate video that was embedded in the link of an educational video on Safe YouTube. A teacher posted the link in an early childhood classroom dashboard on Schoology. The link, which was supposed to contain a counting nursery rhyme, included inappropriate content. This is unacceptable

In speaking with other districts across the country, we are very aware of the thousands of cyberattacks that are hitting our schools across the nation and we want our families, students, parents, and educators to feel safe during E-Learning. As a result, the Safe YouTube website is blocked indefinitely from District devices and we will continue to monitor internal and external dashboard conversations as it is related to E-Learning.

Even as educators, we are still learning ourselves and vow to continually make sure cyber security is a priority. Parent and staff are encouraged to take action as well. If you see something, say something. We are here to make E-Learning accessible and digitally responsible for all families.”

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