Calif. school district monitoring students' social media activity

Friday, August 30, 2013

Social media texting, tweeting, and posting are all part of being a teen these days, but now some teens' online actions are being monitored on a daily basis.

The social media sites of all 13,000 students in Glendale, Calif.'s middle and high schools are being monitored.

School officials hired a company called Geo Listening to daily track the students' online posts with the goal to intervene when students discuss suicide, bullying, violence, or substance abuse. Richard Sheehan, superintendent of Glendale Unified School District, said, "The whole purpose of this is student safety ... Basically it just monitors for key words, where, if a student is considering harming themselves, harming someone else."

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