Students using the school wifi on their phones has become an increasing problem, as the network is slowed down, and it’s putting themselves and others at risk.
This issue is affecting teachers on a daily basis.
“All of our work is slowed down,” says teacher Mr. Fones, “people just sit there waiting for their assignments to load.”
Especially with the increased use of Google Drive and Google Classroom over the last few years, the heavy-traffic network can cause much delay in completing assignments.
This problem is also frustrating for students. “Once, we had problems connecting to the internet for a test,” says freshman Ella Kasten, “we had to go down to the library. It was a big hassle.”
A lot of people ask, “how are the students getting the password for the wifi?” For most, it is fairly simple to get. It can be easily passed among friends, and even some teachers are willing to give it out.
“It’s like a train,” says Kasten, “one student has it then all of their friends do. Some people even use it as currency, like ‘buy me a soda and I’ll give you the password.’ For the most part, it is pretty generally well-known.”
The slowed network by student phone use is very prevalent, and more and more classes are experiencing the delays. But, the problem could go past slow internet.
“If one phone [connected] gets a virus,” says Fones, “the whole system could get the virus.”
If this happens, it could be disastrous. Files could corrupt, and important information could be lost. Plus, the other students phones could also become affected.
But, there is a solution for this problem. Starting recently, the password is being changed on a regular basis, making it harder for students to stay connected for long.
Even with the password being changed regularly, it is still advised to disconnect, thus saving your phone, other students, and the schools network. “It affects far more people than [students] can imagine.” Fones said.