Schools districts are taking a cue from businesses and beginning to monitor the social media posts of their students. A September 14 CNN report discloses that Glendale, Calif., is spending $40,500 to hire a firm to monitor and report on 14,000 high school and middle school students.
Garnering significant criticism for their snooping policies, the school system sees social media monitoring as a valuable tool in identifying trouble teens and preventing suicides. There have been two teen suicides in the Glendale school district in the past two years. Doing a previous pilot project with the Geo Listening service last spring, an intervention was conducted after a student posted suicidal posts on social media.
Chris Frydwych, CEO of GE Listening, explained that they do not see anything in their monitoring but public posts. They are not able to see emails, texts, or private posts. Employees and students who are concerned about their online privacy should be careful to make all their social media posts public. This should avoid the problem faced by students in the school system in Glendale.
It is still important to remember that what you post on the internet is there forever whether posted as private or public or even if deleted.