A new program allowing teachers to track web searches involving explicit images, suicidal thoughts, bullying and terrorist or gang propaganda, will be trialled at Australian schools.
The program to be trialled in some independent NSW schools later this year, can also alert a parent or teacher if a pupil writes a paragraph in a document indicating they’re at risk of harm and even monitor student’s mobile phones, reports Daily Telegraph.
Parents and schools must consent.
The software monitors words and images on a device for subtle “threat markers” indicating behaviour such as bullying, depression, pornography or child abuse.
The software scans everything a student does including on social media, internet searches, typing documents and even USBs plugged into the computer.
A discussion on the Studio 10 Facebook page sees lots of support for the program.
I think it is a great idea for school computers, however I am not sure I support the program intruding on a students phone?
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