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A Southern California school district is starting the new academic year paying close attention to what its students are saying online.
The social media "eavesdropping" program started last year as a pilot project in three schools in the Glendale Unified School District.
District Superintendent Dr. Richard Sheehan said it worked so well, it’s now expanding to all middle and high schools in the district.
“With modern technology, unfortunately we have to try and stay a step ahead of the kids,” Dr. Richard Sheehan said.
“We’re not trying to hide anything, because the whole point of this is student safety.”
The Glendale Unified School Board approved spending $40,000 to hire the Hermosa Beach company Geo Listening to monitor students’ public posts on websites like Twitter and Instagram.
Originally posted by snarky412
Time for the parents to step up to the plate and take over being in charge of the kids.
The Surveillance State... [is] based on the premise that ALL freedom has to be monitored and tracked. Meanwhile, modern "democratic" elites have redefined freedom.
This is at the heart of what they’re doing: They want freedom to mean "doing the right thing for the greatest good of the greatest number." Never mind that such a re-framing is a complete non-sequitur. In the social engineering game, the op goes this way: "Every person would use his freedom to do the right thing; therefore, coercing people to do it is part of freedom."
It’s Orwellian. It makes no sense. But that’s what’s on the table. "Let’s eliminate the ‘choice’ part of freedom and go directly to what a free person would do and make that into ideal and necessary behavior...."