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20% of TDSB Wi-Fi used for Snapchat, Netflix and Instagram; access blocked

Last Updated May 10, 2017 at 4:40 pm EST

File photo of a phone showing the Instagram app. CITYNEWS

Reading, writing and arithmetic have some pretty entertaining rivals in Snapchat, Netflix, and Instagram

The Toronto District School Board announced on Tuesday that it was blocking Wi-Fi access to those three sites, after they were found to consume a significant portion of the board’s daily network activity.

“These sites account for more than 20 per cent of our daily network activity and, on our older, slower network, make many necessary operational tasks, such as attendance, registration and report cards, nearly impossible to complete,” the board wrote on its website.

“This interim measure will help alleviate congestion and boost network capacity while minimizing the impact on teaching and learning.”

The board said it was working on providing a faster network, and said regular Wi-Fi access is expected to resume in September.