Yes, Your School is Watching You

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The Glendale school district in California is paying a firm over $40,000 to monitor the social media posts of their middle and high school students this school year.

The state of Florida recently enacted a cyberbullying law which gives schools the power to investigate the off-campus social media activities of their students.

And around the country, courts are considering whether it’s within a school’s responsibility - or if it’s even their right - to keep track of kids when they’re online, but off campus.

Two educators who stand on different sides of the issue give their take:

Brian Gatens is superintendent of Norwood Public School District in New Jersey, which includes students in kindergarten through 8th grade. He believes that schools should not be in the business of monitoring students 24/7.

And Martha Haakmat is Head of School at Brooklyn Heights Montessori in New York, with students in preschool through 8th grade. A new law, signed this summer in New York, makes it the business of school administrators to keep track of student online harassment. Haakmat believes that’s a good thing.