A time for work and a time for play

Toronto school board bans Netflix, Snapchat from halls temporarily — but it needs to do so permanently
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/18/2017

Alright, folks. It’s time to dust off my curmudgeon stick — again. The kids are back in school and, aghast, the public school board in Toronto has banned Snapchat, Instagram and Netflix from being used by students. The reason? It simply takes too much of a toll on Wi-Fi bandwidth.

About 20 per cent of all web traffic in the classroom is taken up by these popular (and data-hungry) apps. When the ban was first put in place, teachers were able to complete “key tasks such as attendance and registration,” according to the Globe and Mail. Well, that’s good.

But don’t panic, students — the school board is working on improving Wi-Fi speeds and the ban is only temporary. You’ll soon be able to resume the selfies and binge-watching in the halls.