- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Wake County Public School System has banned Snapchat, a popular photo-sharing app, from the school’s Wi-Fi networks.

Schools spokeswoman Lisa Luten said Tuesday that officials have concluded that Snapchat does not have instructional value, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (https://bit.ly/1ORmJbv ).

“Snapchat does not have instructional value and doesn’t protect the integrity of the learning environment,” Luten said.

Snapchat allows users to send photos or videos, called “snaps,” to friends. The snaps disappear after a short time. GlobalWebIndex, a marketing research firm, said that Snapchat is particularly popular with teens, with 84 percent of the app’s estimated 200 million users younger than 35.

Wake blocks other apps such as Facebook and some websites. Luten said district administrators regularly review whether to block or allow specific applications and websites.

Students have complained on the school system’s Twitter account since discovering Monday that they couldn’t use Snapchat in school to share photos and videos.

Students have started an online petition in hopes of getting service restored. The petition notes that Snapchat increases student enjoyment and is a good way to share information.


Information from: The News & Observer, https://www.newsobserver.com

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