Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A few school districts are hiring a social media monitoring service to monitor students off campus

Several public school systems are using a social media monitoring service from Social Sentinel of students in middle and high schools for specific keywords or phrases in their content, when the content is threatening or inappropriate.  Apparently the monitoring will happen only for content that is in public mode (not restricted to friends). But it will apply to content generated from off-campus locations, like at home. 

The Herald Mail in Hagerstown, MD has a story here

The monitoring probably would not apply to flat sites (not social media accounts) owned by students or teachers.  It would be interesting to know if it applies to Blogger and Wordpress, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace. 
I would wonder if students are forced to disclose their social media accounts when registering at school.
Smoky Mountain High School in Jackson County, NC is also using the service.  It is likely we will hear about more school districts using it.
I don’t think the service would have prevented the incident I had (described here July 27, 2007).  

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