Mar 8, 2014
California Students’ Social Media Being Stalked
Posted on Aug 29, 2013
As if the NSA spying on our every move weren’t enough, now kids have to watch what they say online in and out of school. Some 13,000 middle and high school students in Southern California will have their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts scrutinized by social media monitoring service Geo Listening. The Glendale Unified School District is paying $40,500 a year to snoop on its students.
The Daily Caller explains how the cyberspying will work:
And the CEO of Geo Listening assures the public that employees “monitor only public posts to social networks, [not] privatized pages, SMS, MMS, email, phone calls, voicemails.”
School budgets are being cut during the recession along with teachers’ salaries. Educational and arts programs are suffering because of a lack of financial support. How, then, can spending tens of thousands on big brother surveillance of minors be justified? According to Sheehan, “The whole purpose is student safety.” Talk about an overused excuse.
—Posted by Natasha Hakimi
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