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Web Watch: School monitors students online

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GLENDALE, Calif. -

One high school in California is taking a high-tech approach to the idea of a hall monitor.

Children are communicating mostly online, so the school hired an outside agency to keep an eye on its students on the world wide web. It was an effort to stop cyberbullying.

The company is called Geo Listening and the Glendale Unified School hired it to keep an eye on 14,000 students in the middle and high school. It is monitoring students' accounts for key words that suggest ideas of suicide, violence or substance abuse. The company is mostly monitoring sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It is not exactly cheap either, at $40,000 a year.

Parents say they do not have a problem with it. They think children will think twice about online bullying if they know the school is watching. 

However, the ACLU has a different take. It is worried about students' civil rights and how the information is being used, stored and kept. The ACLU wants to know what restrictions are put in place about sharing this information about the kids with other entities.

The CEO of Geo Listening says it expects to be monitoring about 3,000 schools across the world by the end of the year.

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