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Glendale Unified Hires Local Company To Monitor Students’ Social Media Posts

04/09/2013 16:25

GLENDALE (CBSLA.com) — The Glendale Unified School District has hired a Hermosa Beach company to monitor public social media posts made by its students to find out when teens are in trouble or causing it.
Superintendent Richard Sheehan said Geo Listening is analyzing the posts of 13,000 students at eight Glendale middle and high schools.
The goal is to give school administrators critical information as soon as possible.
“The whole purpose is student safety,” said Sheehan. “Basically, it just monitors for keywords where if a student is considering harming themselves, harming someone else.”
He added, “We do monitor on and off campus, but we do pay attention during school hours. We do pay more attention to the school computers.”
Sheehan said during the pilot service last year, Geo Listening and the district were able to intervene with a suicidal student..

Source: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/08/26/glendale-unified-hires-local-company-to-monitor-students-social-media-posts/