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    Default School monitoring social media of students

    What do you think of schools monitoring your age 13+ child's social media without any notification or approval by you?

    California school district hires firm to monitor students' social media

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    I dont like it. I know that we live in a time where this is probably necessary. But I still dont like it, and this just reinforces my decsion to keep my kids off of social media for now (actually the only one that has asked when she can have a facebook is the 6 year old)
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    if equipment is provided by the school aka tax payers then there should be oversight.. either by the school or by someone the school pays to oversee it.
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    Thought about this overnight.. and realized that the company hired to investigate is investigating kids using their own computers at home etc.. That is wrong... I could dare say unlawful search. I think a case could be made for hindering freedom of speech also. Trouble is once you put your child in the hands of the government aka public school.. they basically have free reign. Good luck stopping them.
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    Well it's not an unlawful search if everything is posted publicly. That's how they get around it -- they're not prying, as it's all out there for anyone to see anyway.

    I don't think it has anything to do with taxpayers and I'm sure the kids are using their own phones, devices, and computers to post.

    That said, I think it's wrong. If I were in that school I would just make everything private, which is what I think they'll do. If I were a parent I would be getting a group together and telling the school that they should ask parents' permission to include their kid.
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    For me it is more about the money they are spending on this. I think $40,000 could be much better spent somewhere else. They could hire another teacher for that. It is the school's job to teach not to get involved in kid's social lives.
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    This is an issue that I go back and forth on. In the end, I am just glad it is a situation we are not dealing with right now.

    There is a school here that just provided ipads to all of their students. All of their text books are on the ipad and they take them home with them. Those devices belong to the school, and the school should be able to monitor them. There are also cases of teenagers that are so depressed that they are suicidal. It would be a nice tool for their counsellors to know what is going on with the students. That said, it seems like a horrible invasion of privacy. I think at the very least there should be parental consent involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    For me it is more about the money they are spending on this. I think $40,000 could be much better spent somewhere else. They could hire another teacher for that. It is the school's job to teach not to get involved in kid's social lives.
    I personally don't have a problem with my child's teachers being involved in students' social lives to a degree. I had many teachers who were mentors, who talked to me about stuff other than math or science or whatever. Bullying is a big problem on social media. Jeez, look at the kids who have commited suicide because of online bullying. I do agree with Laurie that parental permission should be given before their kid's social media activities get monitored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    I personally don't have a problem with my child's teachers being involved in students' social lives to a degree. I had many teachers who were mentors, who talked to me about stuff other than math or science or whatever. Bullying is a big problem on social media. Jeez, look at the kids who have commited suicide because of online bullying. I do agree with Laurie that parental permission should be given before their kid's social media activities get monitored.
    This is not a teacher though. This is some computer geek that the school is paying to sit at a computer and look at kid's facebook pages. Not money well spent in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    This is not a teacher though. This is some computer geek that the school is paying to sit at a computer and look at kid's facebook pages. Not money well spent in my opinion.
    How do you know that? It doesn't take a degree in computer engineering to look at PUBLIC facebook pages and tweets. This could save a kid's life, Gloria. It already has, in fact. $40K is well worth that, don't you think?
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