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#MobilityShifts – Day 2: Privacy, Surveillence and the Academic Commons [guest post]

#MobilityShifts – Day 2: Privacy, Surveillence and the Academic Commons [guest post]

I’m writing this in the lounge area of the Manhattan hotel at which I’m staying. There’s some people warming up for an evening out with a few cocktails and others, like me, busy on their digital devices. The whole scene is bathed in relaxing yet upbeat music. Happily, this matches the mood I’m in after...

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26 Internet safety talking points

26 Internet safety talking points

[UPDATE: A PDF version of these talking points is now available.] For Leadership Day 2012, I thought I would gather in one place many of the talking points that I use with principals and superintendents about Internet safety… Even though they may use fancy terms and know more than you do about their domain, you never would...

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This is not the answer to cyberbullying

Over at CNN, Francey Hakes opines: Schools should also monitor cyberbehavior by students. There are good software tools that monitor cyberactivity in real time and flag threats based on keyword libraries that are specific to threatening, bullying, suicidal, or violent language. Every school should have this kind of sophisticated monitoring to capture such behavior. No,...

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The surveillance of our youth

The surveillance of our youth

Like many school districts, the Southeast Polk School District in Pleasant Hill, Iowa monitors the Web usage of its students on district-provided computers for inappropriate activity. And like some school districts, Southeast Polk also uses a monitoring service that sends weekly emails to parents summarizing their students’ Internet search history. This raises some difficult issues because...