Posted by: crudbasher | September 19, 2013

Spying On Students

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Are schools entitled to spy on their students when they aren’t in school?

From Ars-Technica

The way Chris Frydrych tells it, monitoring schoolkids’ public social media posts and then reporting questionable activities about them daily to school officials is an unquestionable net positive.

So his new startup, Geo Listening, does just that. Geo Listening looks for social media posts that deal with depression, despair, online bullying, hate speech, or other words and phrases that may indicate a possible violation of school codes of conduct—whether it’s by a student or someone in and around a school’s location.

Last month, Geo Listening even signed a deal with the Glendale Unified School District located north of downtown Los Angeles. Their agreement became the first publicly confirmed partnership between the company and a school district. Glendale will pay $40,500 for Geo Listening to monitor posts by 13,000 students across its eight middle and high schools for an academic year.

When I went to public school there was no Internet. What they are doing is the equivalent to hiring a private investigator to follow me around after school and report my activities to the school. I am just so disgusted by this. What is left for parents to do? Some schools now serve up to 3 meals a day, they have before school and after school activities. They enable students to have abortions without even notifying their parent. Oh, and they are supposedly teaching children how to be productive citizens. Of course since the number of students needing remediation upon entering college has skyrocketed I don’t think they are doing a good job on that either.

We going to home school my kid because my wife and I are the ones who will shape who he is, not the government. I want him to be curious, creative and industrious, not obedient and quiet. I want him to look for alternative solutions to problems, not just the proscribed one. I want him to be able to recover from adversity rather than whine about it and look to government to fix things. I want him to understand all of history and learn lessons from it, not just the parts the government wants him to know and not just the lessons they want him to know. Most of all, I will make sure he never gets comfortable with always being spied on as those are the electronic chains other can use to enslave you.

He’ll be a good citizen but a good individual first. The government needs to learn its place. They work for us, not the other way around. *grrrrrr

I’m curious if any teachers who read this are in favor with it and would like to share why?

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  1. […] Are schools entitled to spy on their students when they aren't in school? From Ars-Technica The way Chris Frydrych tells it, monitoring schoolkids’ public social media posts and then reporting ques…  […]

  2. Horrified also. But not surprised. American school system is basically a prison system. If one is blessed to be able, it is best to keep kids out of it until they are firmly “individual” and aware of the system game and how to maneuver through it.


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