Student Tracking. One School’s Solution to Cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying and Social Media
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As we’re discussing various issues revolving around proper social media usage and just how far parental involvement should go, we also need to address another issue. Cyber bullying. It’s a term, and phenomenon that has arisen strictly as a result of the internet. You may have been a victim or known someone who was, or maybe you’ve never witnessed it. Regardless, it’s a real issue, with real, and sometimes, tragic consequences. It’s an issue schools have been fighting to tackle since it’s start. One school district in California has decided to employ a rather controversial tactic to address this issue.

Read the article, and comment back here on what you think. Is this an infringement on rights? Why or why not? Is there a better solution? The school argues the program has already saved a life, so is that in itself not worth it?

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  1. I think that the school had good intentions about monitoring things that their students are posting. Based on their number of suicides and bullying, they thought that they could prevent it from ever happening. It sounded like a great thing at first, but you have to think about the rights of the students. Everyone has the right to privacy. So if the school is watching their every move online, its taking away some of that right. I don’t really think their is a solution to the problem of cyber bullying. People are always going to find away around it, and I don’t think it will ever go away.

  2. I do not think that monitoring student activity is a infringement on rights. I think that there should be people hired to monitor schools. I personally believe this would help save the heart ache that people end up going through Cyberbullying is a terrible thing and you can’t escape it and, if you try to report it to the school they say there is nothing they can do about it because, it is not done in school so kids keep on bullying because, they feel stronger behind a keyboard. If you think about it the monitoring would help so much because, then schools can take action as they would if the bullying happened in school and they would give a punishment and be aware of what is going on and could get the kid help and the bully would most likey stop because they would have that strict enforcement needed. It could save lives and be better overall so I most definitely think that they should monitor online activity.

  3. I believe monitoring the students online can have its benefits but it is also crossing the line. Cyberbulling is definitely a major issue that many kids are affected by. Monitoring the students’ social media is absolutely a good idea when it comes to saving kids from suicide. On the other hand, I agree with Lee Tien when he says that the government (which includes public schools) crosses the line when they gather information about people away from school. This could be an infringement on rights because most people like to keep information on social media private. One possible solution could be to teach people how to properly use social media and the dangers of using it inappropriately. I also think cyberbulling is one reason parents should get involved in their child’s social media. With parents and possibly some form of the government/school district, cyberbulling could be monitored more and it could possibly save more lives.

  4. When telling people that you are preventing suicide and cyber bulling almost everyone will agree that is a wonderful idea. However the people that are asked about these problems are parents, teachers and other adults. I understand that most students would agree that suicide and cyber bulling is horrible but in the same breath they will tell the administration that by looking at what an individual is posting is a violation of privacy.
    There are issues with this method that the school district in California is neglecting to see. One of the main issues is that bullying can still occur through Facebook Messenger. This is private to the public and is only seen between the person sending and receiving the message. Also, students can make fake accounts just to cyber bully someone. The article explains that the company saved a life because one person posted they wanted to kill themselves however not all students planning to commit suicide will update their status about it.
    Watching what students do on Facebook is a huge violation of the Constitutional right to privacy that we all believe in. Saving lives is great at any age, but that is not all that the company does according to the article. The article will go so far as to say that the school is monitoring if the students skips class. There are probably correlations between skipping class and committing suicide but skipping class does not always equal suicide.
    Money is always a factor. School districts everywhere are trying to find way to save costs so that programs and teachers do not get cut. This school district is paying $40,500 to have a company invade the privacy of the students attending that school. I feel that this money could be better invested in activities to help students have an outlet away from bullying. Bullies take away the feeling of being safe no matter where you are. That is why cyber bullying is so powerful. However, this school district is also taking away that feeling of being safe by watching the students every move online.

  5. “Student Tracking. One School’s Solution to Cyberbullying.”

    For years now, I have had very strong opinions in the uprising of teen suicide being blamed on apparent “bullying”. Teenagers are mean. Children are mean. Everyone in the world doesn’t exist to say please, thank you and be your best friend. People are cruel. It has always been this way. It will always be that way. These advocates and public speakers going around speaking of “bullying prevention” should actually bill themselves as “human impulse prevention”. People should be able to be whoever they want to be, dress however they want without ridicule. However, some of these people just call attention to be mocked. They can either let this drive them to desperation, or to ignore these comments. I can speak from personal experience in this matter. Literally daily, I am called a slew of homosexual slurs. Faggot, queerboy, I’ve heard them all. Do I care? No! Of course not! Why should someone else’s opinion matter to me so much that I give in and let them get the better of me, sacrificing my individuality in the process?

    In the past years, bullying has now taken hold on social media sites. People act as if the act is appalling and shocking that children would be so mean. It’s just an outlet for anything that kids say at school to be posted for everyone to see. And guess what? No matter the moral consequences, it is legal to post your thoughts on the internet! Getting on social media sites is a choice. If you’re getting bullied, GET OFF! Some people may say this isn’t a solution. Well, what could you have possibly done to make people pursue you past this point? Send a naked picture of yourself to someone and it got sent to the school? Maybe you shouldn’t have the picture in the first place! You have to face the consequences of your actions in life. If you make poor decisions, you might earn some flak. For example, a popular incident of this was the Amanda Todd story. This girl openly admitted to being bullied over an overhyped YouTube video that was simply a narcissistic cry for sympathy. She explained her story in which she as a person made horrible moral decisions. And as a result, people at her school made her pay the consequences. Soon after, she committed suicide. Where is the difference here than James Holmes murdering a theater crowd in Aurora, Colorado to get his name remembered?

    While reading this article about a school that has now hired a private firm to monitor its students social media posts to help prevent future cyber bullying instances. As a student myself, if I were told that I was about to be monitored as if a criminal so that a firm and school could infringe upon my right to freedom of speech outside of school grounds, I would take them to court. That is an absolute outrage and invasion of every sort of privacy that could be provided by any social media site. And how exactly are our accounts being monitored? Do we have to add some creep sitting in a chair all day staring at a bunch of teenagers’ newsfeeds? What if my account is set to private so that people I’m not acquainted with can’t add or stalk me? Does this company have some way around this setting? If so, is the social media site being “investigated” in cooperation with the company?

    Everything about this decision should be called into question for its necessity and invasion of human rights. I hope to hear very soon of students standing up for their rights to take this communist-like agenda down!

  6. I personally think that schools monotoring social media accounts is a violation of privacy, but it may save somebody’s life. There are a lot of down sides to the school monotoring there students on their social media sites. Cyber bullying is a big problem but there’s another way to tackle it besides motoring everything the students do on their social media sites. The school means good that they are trying to stop cyber bullying but they should let the authorities handle it. I feel like they are violating the students privacy and that’s not right. With the school monatoring what the students are doing may be violating privacy but it could save sombodys life in the end.

  7. “Student Tracking. One School’s Solution to Cyberbullying.”

    I think that what this California school is doing, is crossing the line. Yes, it may have it’s advantages, and I understand their reason for doing so, but it is definitely crossing a line. I think that there are numerous other solutions. Maybe having a class or seminar for parents about monitoring their children online, and watching for signs of bullying. Possibly a workshop for kids about cyberbullying and how to avoid it. Even just a handout with information about suicide hotlines and ways to get help. But hiring an outside party to “stalk” the children, nonetheless.. is outrageous.
    I can’t imagine that all of the students’ parents agree with this decision. If I were a parent, or even a student at that school, I would not let them get away with this. Parent’s should be watching over what a child does, says, and posts outside of school. The job of the school board and it’s staff is to watch over and teach the children during school hours. They should have no say in what they take part in outside of school.
    The cyberbullying issue is also the students’ responsibility. If they can’t handle mean and hateful comments online, they shouldn’t be on social media sites. Deleting your account is as easy as just a few clicks of the mouse. If a student is having trouble online, he or she should not be a part of social media. It’s as simple as that. Kids need to learn how to find their own solutions to problems, and having someone monitoring them 24/7 and solving their issues for them is not the right way to go.
    All in all, I don’t agree with the decisions this California school has made. I think that it is up to the children and parents to deal with outside issues.

  8. The problem with cyber bullying isn’t how to prevent kids from hurting themselves but how to stop it from starting in the first place. What I’m saying is that cyber bullying is all a product of the low or non-existent morals that a large amount of teenagers have. And so what I mean with that is that cyber bullying is always going to exist and possibly get even worse into the future. However I also understand that we can try and prevent catastrophic results such as suicides or murders involving these bullied children. I think that the Glendale area school monitoring social media for hints of violence, bullying, and suicide is an OK idea however I don’t believe that they have the right to actually monitor all of those kids without the kids agreeing to it because it’s the kids right to privacy. Sure it may work even tho it isn’t right but so do other things that we know would work but we don’t do because its either unlawful or not right. For example, even though this is kind of extreme, say that Osama Bin Laden was still alive. Instead of trying to kill as very few people as possible in the pursuit of him, another idea would be to try and find which 100 mile radius in which he was located or even the country and just bomb the entire area and the problem would have been solved right there. Now we know it would definitely be effective, but we all know that it would be completely wrongful in the same aspect. Even though that is the same situation just blown up (no pun intended) to bigger scale, it shows that there can be a solution but getting to that solution with the wrong means doesn’t make it okay.

  9. Monitoring students is a wise and will be a profitable action to take. Violence, drug use, bullying, and plans to cut class can be found all throughout the world of social media, so I have no doubt at all that many students will be caught in such deviancies, and punished appropriately. This also without a doubt will outrage many students that have thus far been under the radar, forcing them to be much more careful and clever with the words which they choose or prompting them to avert to other social media site, possibly under other names. Though it will certainly perturb many, myself not necessarily excluded, I believe that no lines have been crossed. Unless I have been mistaken, nowhere in our history was given to us the “right” of social media.

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