How can schools remain informed of student activity in the digital age?
Students have near-constant access to social media and the Internet, and that can cause problems for school boards, administrators, and educators.
Between devices carried in pockets, laptops and a school’s own network of computers, there are plenty of opportunities for students to learn and do work digitally – as well as engage in some less appropriate behavior. Educational institutions ignoring that side of student Internet use set themselves up for potentially serious problems later on.
When schools monitor Internet searches and social media posts made on the school’s time and through its networks, they protect students from harm while also limiting their own liability. In the ever-evolving digital world, social and search monitoring helps mitigate risk behaviors and keeps educators and administrators in a position of authority.