The Glendale Unified School District will spend $40,000 in the coming year to monitor its students’ activity on sites like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
The intent of the “eavesdropping” program, which started at a single school last year, but will now be expanded to all of the district’s middle and high schools, is to prevent bullying and potential suicides, District Superintendent Dr. Richard Sheehan told NBC 4.
“With modern technology, unfortunately we have to try and stay a step ahead of the kids,” Sheehan said. “We’re not trying to hide anything, because the whole point of this is student safety.”
According to the school district the program was conceived after a student committed suicide last year. So this is the answer they came up with? What happened to our teachers being on the front line? Are we to a point where we can’t trust that, if there were signs of something like this, our teachers, who spend a majority of day with these kids, wouldn’t be able to see something was wrong?
You’re never going to be able to stop suicide and using it as an excuse to spy on your students is despicable. It wreaks of training them at an early age that it’s ok that people are spying on you as long as they have your best interests in mind. Yeah, it’s always in your best interest…until it isn’t.
h/t NY Daily News