After a student who had been bullied both online and off took her own life last year, a California school decided to take action. They employed a company called Geo Listening to monitor the data that students at the school posted to social media. The idea was for the school to be able to intervene when a student posted something about suicide, bullying, violence or even substance abuse.
This year, the entire district has signed up for the service. The administrators say the decision is solely about safety and the company has made it clear they can only see what’s posted publicly — so if a student is concerned about privacy, they should avoid public posts.
But that might not be enough assurance for some. We want to know what you think. Is the district going too far? Or is the monitoring just a high-tech form of the old-fashioned hall monitor? Vote in the poll to weigh in, then leave a comment telling us why. Your responses might be used on tomorrow’s show!