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A suburban Los Angeles school district is now looking at the public postings on social media by middle and high school students, searching for possible violence, drug use, bullying, truancy and suicidal threats.
The district in Glendale, California, is paying $40,500 to a firm to monitor and report on 14,000 middle and high school students’ posts on Twitter, Facebook and other social media for one year.
Though critics liken the monitoring to government stalking, school officials and their contractor say the purpose is student safety. ↬ California district hires firm to monitor students’ social media – CNN.com
No matter how they try spin it, this is another sign that good parenting has gone out the window. At one time, parents kept tabs on these things themselves. Now either mom and dad are too busy with their careers to give a damn or they just don’t know what their kids are doing. Either way, it is a sad state of affairs.
If your kid attends a school that has this type of monitoring program, educate them in how to set their privacy settings on their social media accounts and monitor their activity yourself. Be your kid’s best friend as well as a parent and they will love you for the rest of their life.