Is Surveillance in Schools Keeping Kids Safe?

Playing Is Surveillance in Schools Keeping Kids Safe?

The Doctors welcome clinical psychologist and attorney Lisa Strohman to discuss if school surveillance is keeping students safe or if it is an invasion of privacy. 

They discuss the surveillance company Gaggle, which is used in 1400 schools and monitors emails, documents, and chats for images and red flag words like suicide, bomb, and cutting. The surveillance occurs anytime a student is logged into the school's server.  The company says they have prevented gun violence and student suicide.

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The Doctors and Lisa express concern about the lack of privacy this type of program creates and how it may be affecting children. 

"I really worry about how this is setting our kids up to feel helpless that nothing in their life can be private, that nothing they do won't be monitored," she tells The Doctors. "It's changing the way that our children are interacting and how they are managing themselves."

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The panel also notes that many parents might not fully understand their children are being monitored in this way while at school. They also worry that some students might not discuss their personal issues or concerns out of fear they are being monitored, due to this type of technology.

Gaggle provided The Doctors with this statement: "Gaggle firmly believes in a student's right to privacy and recommends that districts notify students and parents of their Gaggle implementation."

 

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