Technology in Schools: Keeping Students Safe Without Surveillance

Every school has a level of responsibility for the well-being and safety of its students. The topic of student safety is a broad term covering many different functional areas, largely left open to interpretation by the district or school that implements those student safety measures.

Schools are left to decide for themselves as to what extent they want to implement safety measures, from providing privacy-minded content filtering without data collection, all the way to installing keyloggers on school-issued devices and surveilling everything a student types, sends and receives.

The paper will explore

  • The meanings of monitoring and surveillance
  • The wider impact of the terms as they relate to education and student privacy
  • Considerations when developing technology policies, providing an overview for institutions when it comes to making informed decisions on what needs to be done
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