The Pennsylvania Department of Education is moving ahead with a cyber-surveillance plan that will use Google Maps, Google Earth and social media for the purpose of monitoring students and teachers in the state’s schools.
The plan, the first of its kind in the country, will include a cyber safety officer and a chief cyber adviser to the state, Education Commissioner Jim Cottrell said in a statement.
The plan is aimed at improving school security and ensuring that the state is well prepared to handle any cyber-attacks.
The department is considering using Google Earth to monitor a small number of schools to monitor student behavior and data.
Cottrell’s statement said the plan will be tested with “schools that may be under heightened cyber-threats or other challenges that require increased monitoring.”
School districts will be able to submit their own plans, but Google Maps and Google Earth are expected to be used by schools that already have the technology, Cottrel said.
“The purpose of this plan is to provide more transparency to the public, to make sure that all schools are protected and that the privacy of our students is protected,” Cottrol said.COTTREL: I believe Google is the best place for education, and this is a great step forward in that direction.
It will be up to the parents to decide how their children are being protected.
The purpose is to protect their children.
If parents don’t want their children to be monitored, we are going to do our best to make that happen.
SUNDAY: In response to a request for comment from The Associated Press, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department for Education said, “We have not yet finalized any plans for this program.”