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.A recent PBS documentary foreshadowed this danger when they interviewed this creep, unrelated to the lawsuit:
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...[cnn.com]
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