People will post just about anything on their social media accounts -- even confessions about crimes, or cries for help. But these crucial messages often get lost in a sea of comments.
Now, a school district in Glendale, California, is getting help monitoring the social media activity of its 13,000+ middle and high school students. A company called Geo Listening will sift through social accounts for keywords referring to topics such as bullying, suicide or illegal activities.
"For example, if a student was to post something about harming themselves and used the word "cut," we would look at that," the companies' CEO, Chris Frydrych, told HLN. "Are they self-harming or are they just cutting class? Every single post that is reported to a school is read, reported and categorized by an analyst." Those reports are sent to schools on a daily basis.
The company says it won't track private messages, such as texts or emails. They also cannot access private social media accounts. "We do not monitor anything that requires court order or is not public. Texts , emails, calls, voicemails are not in the public domain and not monitored by us," Frydrych said. "I actually want every kid to privatize their page."
HLN has been unable to reach the district for a comment. In a previous interview, the Glendale Unified Superintendent Richard Sheehan told the Glendale News-Press, "People are always looking to see what we're doing to ensure that their kids are safe. This just gives us another opportunity to ensure the kids are safe at all times."
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In this new age of social communications, parenting experts suggest guardians keep laptops in public areas of the house and for kids to turn in phones before bed so they can be checked. Parents are encouraged to become "password police" and routinely check their kids' websites and social media accounts.
We want you to be the judge. Should schools have the right to monitor what students do on their personal devices? Is that a parent's job?