There is NO such thing as a free lunch! Just caught this –
PHILADELPHIA – A suburban Philadelphia school district used the webcams in school-issued laptops to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations, a family claims in a federal lawsuit.
Note the important words- “school issued laptops.” The laptops belong to the school folks- not to you the parents or you the kids. Taxpayer payed for I am sure.
According to the article kids are now putting tape over the webcams and microphones on the units. One student quoted in the article mentioned his class had just read Orwell’s “1984.” Hell of an object lesson huh?
And here is a quote from the Superintendent-
The affluent district prides itself on its technology initiatives, which include giving Apple laptops to each of the approximately 2,300 students at its two high schools.
“It is no accident that we arrived ahead of the curve; in Lower Merion, our responsibility is to lead,” Superintendent Christopher W. McGinley wrote on the district Web site.
Wonder how many parents actually went to the school board budget meetings where the outlay for this was approved?
h/t mcnorman for the link to the pdf of the lawsuit.
I wish them all the luck in their lawsuit- but – the laptops do not belong to the students- they are the property of the school district. Is it actually wire tapping or intercepting personal info if the district is taking info from computers they own??? Though the students in our district are not issued laptops the school district does have an internet use policy that every parent and student has to sign before the students can use the school computers and it does say- specifically– that the District reserves the right to review, copy and/or examine any information that resides on any of the schools’ computers or networks. Is there a similar consent for the parents and students in the Lower Merion School District? I suspect so.
Common sense people, common sense!
The MSM is all over it today. Just me left this link over at Uppity Woman’s place
As I suspected-
To receive the laptop, the family had to sign an “acceptable-use” agreement.
In an “acceptable-use” agreement, the families are made aware of the school’s ability to “monitor” the hardware, he said, but it stops short of explicitly explaining the security feature. He termed that a mistake.
And they thought “monitor the hardware” meant what?
I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT approve of the school peeping in children’s bedrooms but repeat-again- Common Sense people!
I thought the teenagers in this country were oh so techno savvy? I guarantee you those kids knew those computers had web cams built-in and were making use of them to post on Facebook and other sites. And how many of those parents pay for the GPS monitoring on their kids cell phones so they can track the whereabouts of those kids? How many parents use the cell phone service to go online and monitor their kids messages, photos, downloads?? WAKE UP! If the government gives you a gift horse you better look at more than just its mouth- because it is in all probability a Trojan Horse.
This is going to be very, very interesting.