Monday, February 22, 2010

School Issued Laptops Spy on Students, Families at Home

Teacher spies on student using webcam. photo: bulletproofcourier

With the growing popularity of school-issued laptop computers, parents of students should beware:
The FBI has opened an investigation into allegations that a Pennsylvania school official remotely monitored a student at home.

The family accused an assistant principal at Harriton High School of watching their son through his laptop's webcam while he was at home and unaware he was being watched. The family also says the school official used a photo taken on a laptop as the basis for disciplining the student...[]
A recent PBS documentary foreshadowed this danger when they interviewed this creep, unrelated to the lawsuit:

Clip from part 4 of PBS Frontline's Digital Nation. Ass't school principal: "I like to mess with them and take their picture."

Read the complete lawsuit here. See the student and his lawyer speak to NBC news here.

Now is the time for concerned Canadian parents to raise this item with teachers and school administrators, before it happens to their own children.

This issue is not confined to school-issued laptops only. Software is also a concern. When families download and install school district learning programs onto home computers, what guarantee of privacy do they have?

New law coming soon, hopefully: The Student Cyber Protection Act


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info on this. Not something the ordinary person thinks about. But pertinent with the new programs being initiated in the schools and distance learning class programs.

bulletproofcourier said...

Definitely it's pertinent right now. Privacy policies and protection of students should be figured out and all above-board before these programs roll out in Canada.

Anonymous said...

Just watched the video of the ass't school principal spying on the kids - he came across as a voyeur using the laptop program and the kids for his own purposes. Freaky!