CNN has reported a story today about a Los Angeles school district that has taken a page from the government and decided to monitor social media posts of its 14,000 students. The school district in Glendale, California is paying Geo Listening almost $41,000 to monitor student social media activity.
This includes Facebook, Twitter and other social media. The company will monitor posts for one year and look for drug use, bullying, truancy, violence and suicide thoughts. School Superintendent Richard Sheehan supports the program and says it has prevented a recent suicide attempt.
"We were able to save a life," says Sheehan. He also said, "It's just another avenue to open up a dialogue with parents about safety."…Richard Sheehan
Although critics compare the idea to government stalking, school officials believe it will be successful in keeping students safer.
So is it spying or protecting our youth? Read more information about this story at the CNN website.
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