On Tuesday official of school district of Glendale declared that in the present academic year, they are going to start and expand the new program of supervising the activity of the students especially on various social media sites. According to reliable source, Glendale public educators would supervise the program.
More than 13,000 students of high and middle schools in the Glendale Unified School District are actively connected with sites that include You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It is reported that students publicly post their views and opinions on different matters. Sources informed that district officials believed that those students would be affected by the program.
In the words of Richard Sheehan, the Superintendent, the priority of the program is to provide proper safety to the students. He further informed that from several recent incidents revealed that social media posts often caused different problem to the problems. He informed that posts on social media related to potential harm to students whether for others, for themselves, or inappropriate sexting, or to bullying would be verified by the observer.
The superintendent explained that the school district has decided to utilize the service known as Geo Listing that is proved to be effective to protect against several problems related to cyber world that even include cyber bullying.
As being informed by the reliable source, earlier in this month the school board approved to take the service from the Hermosa Beach Company and has signed an agreement with them and agreed to pay $40,000 for the service.
It is worth to mention over here that Geo Listening is listed as a program on social media monitoring that would enable the schools to build up an attachment with the students.
It is reported that the company reveals in their own website that the students are eagerly seeking the help of the school authority. The company claims that they realized the problem of the students through their public postings on different social networking sites that discloses the clear and loud demand of the students in despair.
However, it is noted that numerous parents criticized the program harshly. They are of the opinion that it interferes on the lives of the students. On the other hand, some parents opined that the monitoring program would help to lessen the publicly made posts of the students.
Christina Ng-Watson, a parent, expressed that the matter is not so private like Big Brother. The posts are made public and anyone registered in the site are allowed to view the post that can create some serious issues.
It is informed by several reliable sources that the proposed program was already tested by various schools across Glendale in the academic year 2012-2013. Sheehan said that they were really grateful to Geo Listening that published the daily report that would encourage them to introduce the program.
Sheehan hoped that in order to protect the students they would be able to interfere in some specific incidents so that they can prevent harm to students.