Internet filter for Oz students gives access to porn, blocks education sites

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Melbourne, July 29 (ANI): An error in the Internet filter installed by NSW education department in Australia led to students accessing pornographic material when searching for study material.

Other educational sites and harmless web pages for the local member of parliament - and even Education Minister Verity Firth's own site - have been blocked by the filter.

George Cochrane, a parent to a son and a daughter from Greenfell, was scandalised when her daughter found herself open an inappropriate site while looking for some other information.

"My daughter typed in 'swallow', as in the bird, and it blocked access to a documentary on swallowing toothpaste but gave you access to a male site talking about inappropriate material," the Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying.

However, an education department spokesman confirmed that the site had been blocked, reports.

He clarified saying that a few questionable websites had escaped the filter.

He said: "On rare occasions inappropriate websites are not captured."

But Opposition education spokesman Andrew Stoner has demanded the people in-charge to take responsibility for the situation.

He said: "Internet access should be a key component of Kevin Rudd's so-called Education Revolution."

"Nathan Rees and Education Minister Verity Firth are quick to claim credit for the good news so they should accept responsibility for this debacle and fix it as soon as possible." (ANI)

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