Florida School District Monitoring Students' Social Media Activity

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video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo playerEducators at the Orange County School District in Florida just purchased new social media monitoring software that would allow them to monitor students' activity on social media sites while they are on campus.

The software is called Snaptrends and it searches Instagram, Facebook and other social media for key words and promises to "quickly identify actionable insights."

According to Click Orlando, the district says they're doing it to curb cyberbullying, crime on campus and suicide. "This is a tool that gives the district intelligence into a situation that could possibly prevent something more serious from happening," the Orange County Public Schools Senior Director of Safety told them.

School officials acknowledged that the software could raise privacy concerns, but as one board member put it, they see it as utilizing "new tools to protect our children."

It appears that the software can only monitor activity while the students are on campus. Still, that's a huge chunk of the students' days that will be subject to monitoring.
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