Orange County Public Schools District to Spy on Students’ Online Life via SnapTrends
The Orange County Public Schools District has reportedly acquired new software which will allow schools to monitor the online social lives of their students. Allegedly, this step is only being taken to prevent crimes like cyber bullying.
Just like a coin has two sides, technology doesn’t come without its own disadvantages. But one thing that I cannot fathom is as to why schools would want to interfere in their students’ private, personal and social media life.
Where it might be able to save, let’s say umm one life, imagine the kind of extra information it might obtain. Click Orlando reports that Orange County Public Schools obtained a license from SnapTrends (software) that will monitor students’ Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. The schools claim ‘to proactively prevent, intervene and (watch) situations that may impact students and staff.’
Doug Tripp, Senior Director of Security and Safety Orange County Public Schools, said that this apparatus will give the area a better overlook of students’ social life. This way they would be able to prevent something bad from happening.
This is a tool that gives the district intelligence into a situation that could possibly prevent something more serious from happening. Safety in and around school campuses is the top priority for Orange County school leaders. Recognizing social media is a major communication system, the district has acquired social media monitoring software.
Questions about privacy are sure to rise however, the committee might just end the argument by saying that is for the safety of their children, though one might think that this isn’t monitoring but stalking.