I completely understand why they are doing it and the potential benefits.
I don't like it.
If I had a child in this district I would (if it wasn't already) make sure her FB was on lockdown. :) It is my job to monitor my child's online activities and I would make sure I had access to her page.
Just yesterday we had an issue in our local school district where an 8th grader made a threat on Facebook that he was going to bring a gun to school. Luckily, one of his FB friends screencapped the message and it was passed on to the proper authorities, with no harm coming to anyone.
I know that I will monitor my child's social media accounts (when that eventually happens), but I know that just as I will monitor and watch his activity, there are going to be parents who do not monitor their children's presence on the internet at all. I don''t love the idea of our students being monitored by some random person, but in this case I think the pros outweigh the cons.
Well.. a Friend notified.. I think that is great.. having the school pay someone to oversee what goes on outside of school.. whether it is someone going to local hangouts/watching their electronic business.. it should just be left outside of school imo. What is next wire taps?
Wire taps are illegal unless you have a court order. Looking at what someone, anyone, posts in a public forum is not. And they aren't watching just to see what kind of interesting things might be happening; they are using specific key word searches to find out if certain bad things *are* happening.
Right. I don't think this is an awful thing, I just think the parents should be aware and signing permission slips. I know the school CAN just go ahead and do it, and I understand why, and it's completely legal. I just don't like it so much.....although the smarter kids will just keep stuff off of their pages or make them private.