Schools Monitoring Social Media to Prevent School Shootings
|Monday, June 10, 2019 | Author: ProCon.org | MORE HEADLINES|
Source: Miranda Moreno, "Back to School: Social Media Monitoring and Prescriptions for Playtime," mostrequestedlive.iheart.com, Aug. 21, 2018
Schools are beginning to monitor social media more closely in an attempt to prevent school shootings.
Chad Marlow, JD, Senior Advocacy and Policy Counsel for the ACLU, stated, "student surveillance — and indeed surveillance in general — has been shown to have no deterrent effect on violent crime… Even if, after-the-fact, many school shooters are found to have posted threatening statements online, that doesn't mean most, or even a significant number of students who post threatening statements are likely to become school shooters. The false positives from such surveillance would not only fail to identify a harmful needle in the haystack, they would increase the size of the haystack." Some have critiqued social media monitoring as less effective than gun control laws.
|1. Should schools monitor social media for shooting and other threats? Explain your position.
2. What are your thoughts about having your own social media monitored for potential school threats?
3. What are effective ways to reduce school shootings? What methods are ineffective? Explain your choices.
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