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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    There are some kids that are FB friends with only their peers and not there parents or teachers. (I would not allow my child to do this) They may not want there posts monitored.
    If their posts are private then they are not able to be monitored by anyone, not even a computer program. This is not a concern for anyone who keep their pages & posts private. Only things that are posted publicly can be monitored.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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?
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    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.
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    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.
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