Rhonda Robinson

School-Issued Laptops: Over-Reaching Arm Into Your Home Or Prying Eye Into Your Child’s Bedroom

Posted on February 22 2010 6:59 pm
Rhonda Robinson is part of NewsReal's editorial team. As a columnist, Rhonda has provided readers with thoughtful insight into social, political, and parenting issues since 1995.
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The dream of most schools, to be able to issue laptops to every student, has become a disturbing nightmare for thousands of parents and students in one of the wealthiest public school districts in the nation.

When more than 2,000 Apple MacBook laptops were distributed to the students in a Pennsylvania High School, parents were not advised that school administrators had installed spy-ware technology. This technology enabled school officials to activate the laptop’s webcam and peer into the homes of their students, and evidence is mounting that they often did.

The outraged parents that filed a lawsuit last week claimed,

“[T]he laptops were routinely used by students and family members at home, it is believed that many of the images captured and intercepted may consist of images of minors and their parents or friends in compromising or embarrassing positions, including in various stages of dress or undress”.

When you consider this issue in light of the increasing cases of teacher’s sexual misconduct, it becomes alarming, but when you add to it the audacity that any school administration would attempt secret surveillance of their student’s behavior within their home, it should cause sheer outrage.

In face of a lawsuit, the school is claiming that the only reason it had the spy-ware installed was to locate stolen or lost laptops.

That may have been the justification they used to convince a gullible board, but if that’s the case, someone is abusing the system on more than one level.

Students have complained that the green LED light indicating that the webcam was on has appeared indiscriminately throughout the past year. Their complaints were brushed off by the school as nothing more than a software glitch. Making it clear, that laptops that were not stolen or lost, had their webcams remotely activated, the school knew it—and lied about it.

They must have been pretty comfortable about the entire situation, because like all criminals who get away with their crimes too long, they got bold and stupid.

After using the webcam to spy on 15-year-old Blake Robbins in his bedroom, the vice principal called the boy into her office to confront him about his “improper behavior” in his home. She thought the “Mike and Ikes” he was popping like candy was drugs.

Turns out, it was candy…huh, who knew?

In a nice turn of events, it was the school that got busted for improper behavior. So the controversy begins.

While Fox News raises the question about “student security and school administrators’ rights in Philadelphia” and the FBI open investigations to see if any federal “wiretap” or computer- intrusion laws were violated, parents need to see this as a wake-up call.

Schools are in fact an arm of the government. We have allowed them to water down the curricula to accommodate political correctness, bring sexuality education into our kindergartens, distill history with multiculturalism, indoctrinate students with leftist ideals, and preach the religion of environmentalism.

Now, we see what happens when they get the power and the money they want; they secretly peek into your child’s bedroom. This has to be the last straw.

Click here to read the school’s pathetic letter to parents.

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