Social Media Monitoring After schools on the west coast started monitoring students’ social media posts and comments; many opinions have come up. Many students feel that their privacy has been invaded and that their rights to freedom of speech have been taken away. For starters students didn’t even find out through the school that their social statues were going to be monitored by a third party company.
Rumors came up around school that the school might be watching over them, but it wasn’t confirmed by dministration. I believe if a school feels the need to monitor the students they should at least inform the students or even make them sign an agreement to let them snoop through the online media sites. A school district in California paid Geo Listening $40,500 to patrol their students’ sites and monitor for signs of bullying or self-harm.
Which is absolutely ridiculous, that a school spent that much money on something they can’t even prove its helped in any form. The quote from the uperintendent that “We think it’s been working very well,” Just proves that they cant back up the ridiculous sum of money they paid to monitor against bullying and self- harming.
And if disciplining students for what they say on media sites outside of school imposes on their freedom of speech rights then how does Geo Listening plan to go about dealing with a potential bullying or self-harm threat. The idea to protect against these threats is good, but I feel there are better ways to go about it and to protect against it.