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Organizations Weigh-In on Surveilling Kids at U.S. Schools, Now a $3.1B Industry...

• https://www.activistpost.com, By B.N. Frank

Most would agree that it's important to keep kids safe at school; however, a growing number of parents and organizations have been questioning how much surveillance is too much.

From Children's Health Defense, The Defender:

Surveilling Kids at School Is a $3.1 Billion Industry — And It's Making Kids 'Anxious' and 'Scared'

Technology surveillance companies that sell their products to school administrators are creating a "digital dystopia" for U.S. schoolchildren, a new American Civil Liberties Union report concluded.

By Suzanne Burdick, Ph.D.

Technology surveillance companies that sell their products to school administrators are creating a "digital dystopia" for U.S. schoolchildren, a new American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) report concluded.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and increased school shootings, a $3.1 billion educational technology (EdTech) surveillance industry has scored huge profits based on the claim that its digital tools — including video cameras, facial recognition software, artificial intelligence (AI)-driven behavior detection technology, online and social media monitoring software and more — prevent bullying, self-harm and school violence.

However, the industry failed to back up that claim with evidence and instead used fear as a primary marketing tactic, the ACLU report said.

The ACLU — after conducting its own research and reviewing additional research commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice — found a "lack of clear evidence" that the products advertised by EdTech firms keep students safe.

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