In the midst of U.S. citizens being outraged that their emails and text messages may have been read by their government, a California school district is taking a risk by electing to monitor its students.
Students in Glendale, California will need to watch what they write if they don’t want to be reprimanded for posting derogatory things to others online. The school district has hired an outside contractor, Geo Listening, to monitor the activities of its students, and look for not only signs of bullying, but also indications of a potential suicide about to happen.
CNN reports the district saw two of its students commit suicide in the past two years, prompting Glendale to look into ways to prevent these incidents from occurring. Superintendent Richard Sheehan said that the firm was hired on an interim basis last spring, and during that time, the firm flagged a student who was talking about ending his life.
“We were able to save a life,” Sheehan told CNN. “It’s just another avenue to openRead More »from California school district thinks it has the answer to bullying: monitoring its students online