Schools Monitoring Students' Social Media Feeds

Ethical questions abound

#Internet

Sat, Jun 24th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this PBS NewsHour clip, Lisa Stark of Education Week reports on how universities are screening prospective students by watching their social media behaviour. As well, using third-party companies, high schools are monitoring the things their students post and say. The entire situation is, unsurprisingly, raising questions about free speech.

As universities have started paying close attention to the internet presence of prospective students, high schools have also begun cracking down, sometimes hiring outside companies to police social media posts for bullying or abusive language. But monitoring raises other problems, and civil rights groups are paying attention. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week reports.

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