As More Schools Surveil Students Online, Privacy Concerns Intensify

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Virtual learning has led to a boom in school surveillance technologies that can monitor students’ online behavior and allow teachers to view students’ screens and search histories. Though many schools are back in person, surveillance tech appears here to stay, with 81% of teachers reporting using some form of it. Proponents say the technology curbs cheating, keeps students on task and helps identify instances of threats or abuse. But critics have concerns about privacy and data collection. They also have equity concerns: as this technology is more likely to be deployed on school devices, students without personal devices — especially low-income students of color — are more likely to be surveilled. We’ll talk about all of this and take your questions.


Priya Anand, reporter, Bloomberg News

Josh Davis, instructional technology coach, Downey Unified School District

Eliot Hertenstein, sophomore, Berkeley High School