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Wednesday
Aug282013

California School District Monitors Students' Online Activity 

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Calif.) -- Students at one school district in California will have to worry about more than just parents monitoring their online social lives.

The Glendale Unified School district hired an outside company to keep track of students' activity on sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at a cost of $40,000 in the upcoming year.

Social network monitoring service Geo Listening will provide information on public posts to school administrators, in an effort to keep an eye on warning signs that may indicate issues like cyber-bullying or self-harm.

Ultimately, school officials hope monitoring activity can help them intervene in critical situations.

The program was first started after a 15-year-old student committed suicide by jumping from the roof of Crescenta Valley High School last year.

Three high schools have already adopted the service and the district is looking to expand it to eight more, including middle schools, according to the Glendale News Press.

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