Texas School District to Scan Children's Devices
A school district in East Texas will start scanning digital devices used by its students to find out what they have been saying to and about one another.
Longview Independent School District (Longview ISD) has partnered with technology and web-hosting company Gaggle to scour district-issued devices and student emails for a particular set of keywords. With Gaggle’s software, the keywords can be detected and reported to school administrators.
The district says that the purpose of the virtual searches is to dissuade cyber-bullies and identify students with mental health issues.
Francisco Rojas, public information officer for Longview ISD, told CBS: “Mental health issues are on the rise. And we have to keep up with it; we have to be proactive instead of reactive.”
The Longview Independent School District Board approved an expenditure of $60,000 for the Gaggle software system of Trustees during a meeting held on November 8. Funding for the software was gathered from the administrative and pupil services budget.
In a statement released November 8, the Longview ISD trustees said: “The software protects students and ensures their well-being by informing administrators of incidents of cyber-bullying, self-harm, threats, or any inappropriate behavior taking place on district-issued devices and student