In Maine, every middle schooler is issued a laptop. This is a trend that is gaining around the world — the Australia federal government is funding laptops in that country. Isn’t it cool that governments, non-profits and software vendors are making sure that students have the technology to learn?
(Loud sound of tires skidding). Hold on, put on the brakes — it’s not all good. What if the local school board has a policy of monitoring what its students are doing with those laptops, and that policy includes turning on the webcam to watch your kids. Now Big Brother just entered your house George Orwell sytle. Not so cool, eh.
But of course, no one would be that stupid, right — guess what, they are. In a suburb of Philadelphia the local school board has done just that. And in a New York middle school the assistant principal takes photos of the kids using the webcam “to mess with them.”
So when someone comes to your school district advocating a laptop for every child scheme — maybe parents should ask a few questions about privacy. You think?