Too Far Already?
Communication is changing. Young people speak digitally to each other in ways impossible for parents and teachers to fully observe. Scarcely ever are students chastised for speaking in class. They don't pass paper notes anymore, either. But they do spill large amounts of personal information onto the web. Danger signs may not be seen or heard by old-fashioned methods.
The government, including public schools, will be monitoring public movement and communication in the name of safety. How the information is used will be up to individual humans. No doubt, some will choose to misuse it while others will do the right thing. Some will no doubt misinterpret what they see and hear, making a big deal out of innocuous details and missing the big picture.
Another concern is about school district priorities. Is spending over forty thousand on a listening service helping to educate children? At this point, we haven't gathered enough information. Glendale is an experiment. Will suicide, violence and bullying be prevented? It's difficult to quantify what doesn't occur. Also, Geo Listening can only prove it's a bad idea. If its mission continues on quietly, is it working or are they just lucky?
Frydrych's simple advice to privatize all your social media pages is wise. Also, know that whenever you post something online, you're telling everyone. If you don't want your boss, your mother, your principal and your enemy to know, don't share.