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Big Brother? Feds Order Schools to Monitor Kids Facebook Posts & Lunchtime Chatter
The Blaze ^ | 3/16/2011 | Jonathon M. Seidl

Posted on 03/16/2011 7:31:43 AM PDT by surfer

Department of Education (DOE) officials “are threatening school principals with lawsuits if they fail to monitor and curb students’ lunchtime chat and evening Facebook time for expressing ideas and words that are deemed by Washington special-interest groups to be harassment of some students.”

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Tipping point?
1 posted on 03/16/2011 7:31:48 AM PDT by surfer
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To: metmom

ping


2 posted on 03/16/2011 7:33:30 AM PDT by tutstar
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To: surfer
"Tipping point?"

Let's hope so.

3 posted on 03/16/2011 7:34:17 AM PDT by ronnyquest (Barack H. Obama is the Manchurian Candidate. What are you going to do about it?)
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To: surfer

Whoa....

training them to accept 100% monitoring and reporting?


4 posted on 03/16/2011 7:34:58 AM PDT by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: surfer

Some teenagers go way over the line on Facebook threatening other kids. It’s no wonder people feel the need to homeschool. Facebook should monitor these threats.


5 posted on 03/16/2011 7:34:58 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: surfer
In Stalinist Russia and Mao's China, you could move ahead by keeping an eye on friends and neighbors and reporting people who misbehaved to the authorities.

We are not the land of the free anymore. And the fact that we sit back and take it, tells me that we are not the home of the brave either.

6 posted on 03/16/2011 7:37:36 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

How does Facebook monitor such threats without monitoring all communication?


7 posted on 03/16/2011 7:41:14 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: surfer

Well the schools, teacher, principals are definitely going to be needing more money if we expect them to spy on the kids 24/7. Be prepared for some new funding mandate!


8 posted on 03/16/2011 7:41:14 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Some teenagers go way over the line on Facebook threatening other kids. It’s no wonder people feel the need to homeschool. Facebook should monitor these threats.

Parents should monitor their childrens' Facebook activities.

Not the government.

9 posted on 03/16/2011 7:41:14 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: surfer

birds of the same feather...


10 posted on 03/16/2011 7:42:02 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: surfer

When will the government install TV monitors in every room of your house? Things seem to be heading that way!


11 posted on 03/16/2011 7:44:29 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: ShadowAce

Ping


12 posted on 03/16/2011 7:44:48 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: surfer

Don’t use it

Send your notes with a messenger on a camel

Oh wait


13 posted on 03/16/2011 7:45:30 AM PDT by Flavius (A)
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To: surfer
ARE

YOU

F***ING

KIDDING

ME

Every time I hear about a new initiative, it is always utterly totalitarian, oppressive, jackboot-trampling-face stuff, these days.

Within months, the effort will be underway to monitor and punish incorrect thoughts online for ALL drones (aka citizens).

"...Following the discovery of “harassment,” officials may have to require mandatory training of students and their families"

Hey 'officials': Come to MY house, and I will teach you why you might not want to try to bully ME....so pack a lunch and make sure your policies are paid up.


14 posted on 03/16/2011 7:46:42 AM PDT by Lazamataz (NPR is the ACORN of the media world.)
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To: surfer

Kids below the required age for facebook registration lying about their ages to get an account then misusing it?

Who’d have thought that would happen?


15 posted on 03/16/2011 7:48:01 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: surfer

The schools monitoring kids? WHERE ARE THE PARENTS??????


16 posted on 03/16/2011 7:48:18 AM PDT by lula ("The TRUTH has no agenda" Glenn Beck)
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To: lula

Progressives only want parents to birth children; the libs will take it from there.


17 posted on 03/16/2011 7:52:24 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: surfer

Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools

http://www2.ed.gov/news/staff/bios/jennings.html

Jennings founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Making schools safe?


18 posted on 03/16/2011 7:54:29 AM PDT by cowtowney
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To: Lazamataz
Is the Plan becoming clearer to you now?

Be prepared because there isn't a single aspect of any federal law, rule, regulation, impact or funding tie that isn't already in the cue for implementation...health care, food “safety, land use, bullying, civil “rights” i.e. gay marriage, etc. etc.

You have only seen a precursor of much much to follow (it's in the works)....

Released lockstep over the next two years and most likely six.

The Big Boo

19 posted on 03/16/2011 7:54:34 AM PDT by The Big Boo (Lone Wolf M/C)
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To: Rebelbase
Kids below the required age for facebook registration lying about their ages to get an account then misusing it?

A whole lot of folks use an alias on Facebook. The only people who know are the person's friends. They need to give it up.

20 posted on 03/16/2011 7:56:08 AM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: surfer

How about monitoring the teachers’ facebook posts? I know of one Wisconsin teacher who encouraged her students to walk out of school in support of them against the taxpayers and Governor of Wisconsin.


21 posted on 03/16/2011 7:56:41 AM PDT by MichiganCheese (I "gotta sit in the back with all the other typical bitter clinging enemies"!)
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To: The Big Boo

They’re gonna have to kill me.


22 posted on 03/16/2011 7:56:46 AM PDT by Lazamataz (NPR is the ACORN of the media world.)
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To: 9YearLurker
How does Facebook monitor such threats without monitoring all communication?

There is a way for you to report abuse on Facebook, as there is on FR. I've actually done that on FB when I witnessed over the top, abusive comments. Nothing was done. Facebook is making billions and needs to hire hundreds or thousands of monitors who will follow up on threats.

Close the accounts of people making threats.

23 posted on 03/16/2011 7:59:00 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: surfer

I always thought it should be the parents that monitored the facebook posts.

I can see monitoring lunchtime chatter at a school.


24 posted on 03/16/2011 7:59:08 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: Rebelbase

I know lots of parents that have allowed their kids to do this. These are parents of homeschooled kids and other kids at my church.

I know the parents know the kids have accounts because they post there.

I would not let my kids get an account until they were 13, and then I monitor it closely. I’m friends with my twin daughters and I know one of their passwords. My 16 yr old son had me as a friend for awhile, but he defriended me. However, I’m friends with lots of his friends, and he routinely leaves himself logged into facebook. It’s easy to see what he and his friends are up to.


25 posted on 03/16/2011 8:02:07 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: lula
WHERE ARE THE PARENTS??????

...out marching in Wisconsin.

26 posted on 03/16/2011 8:04:51 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I would think illegal threats could be taken directly to law enforcement?


27 posted on 03/16/2011 8:08:49 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Lazamataz
Make sure you take a position on high ground, have a good scope and take a few of them out first.

Actually that's not how it will happen. On a farm when you slaughter an animal you take it away from the herd to a place where the others won't smell the blood, etc.

The rope will tighten and those who squawk will be quietly moved aside so that the sheep are not disturbed. The proper PC term for this now days is that you will “receive counseling”. And if that doesn't work “further treatment”.

Killing you will not serve their purpose as well as you being able to “reintegrate” with the new order.

Remember, they are your friends who want to see you get back to “normal”.

The Big Boo

28 posted on 03/16/2011 8:10:29 AM PDT by The Big Boo (Lone Wolf M/C)
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To: 9YearLurker
I would think illegal threats could be taken directly to law enforcement?

Facebook will not take this whole topic seriously until they're sued for millions...IMO

29 posted on 03/16/2011 8:11:56 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Lazamataz

Montessori to the max: If the child insisted on being so mirthful,
he would stay in the courtyard till his mood darkened.

30 posted on 03/16/2011 8:16:19 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: surfer
Enough is enough...

Time to impeach...

31 posted on 03/16/2011 8:19:29 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: surfer

My son does not have Facebook but he does have politically lively conversations during lunchtime... I guess the school should be calling anytime now.


32 posted on 03/16/2011 8:20:55 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

How about monitoring the bullying that goes on day after day toward Sarah Palin?


33 posted on 03/16/2011 8:21:02 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

No, I mean by the threatened. I would think that for anything reaching that bar, Facebook would cooperate with a request/demand from the authorities.


34 posted on 03/16/2011 8:31:27 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

Not every parent knows what’s going on in their teenagers’ lives. My brother doesn’t go on FB and doesn’t know the trash his daughter posts there.

A lot of parents won’t go to FB to complain when their kids are being threatened because their kids don’t tell them.


35 posted on 03/16/2011 8:39:58 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: surfer

Parents need to tell their kids “If the teacher asks if you have a FaceBook account, tell them NO!”


36 posted on 03/16/2011 8:59:58 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I just think that’s got to be a parental question, then.

FB requires you to state that you are 13 to sign up—which I believe is the law, though I understand lots of parents let their younger kids lie to join.

What’s next? Is the owner of the local pizza joint going to be required to eavesdrop on teens’ discussions when they’re having their slice after school?


37 posted on 03/16/2011 9:01:30 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: surfer

Socialism needs a Stasi, that’s the only way it even has the appearance of working. America voted this in, and we’re paying for it. Enjoy.


38 posted on 03/16/2011 9:04:46 AM PDT by OldNewYork (social justice isn't justice; it's just socialism)
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To: Bigh4u2

Yup.. 99% of this spying garbage can be headed off with flat out lying.

They want to teach our kids to accept being spied on 24/7, fine.. we will teach kids to distrust and LIE to anyone trying to invade their privacy and spy on them without the slightest bit of remorse.


39 posted on 03/16/2011 9:13:25 AM PDT by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Bigh4u2

This extends to other forms as well including Twitter, and mobile phones.

If a student is reported then the student, family and potentially the entire community may be forced to attend re-education.


40 posted on 03/16/2011 9:26:41 AM PDT by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: 9YearLurker

After I tried to talk to my clueless brother about the trash his 17 yr old daughter was posting on FB, she blocked me. I’ve never been able to view her posts since.

This is a girl who is sweet and polite at family gatherings. I had no way of knowing that when talking to her friends on FB, she has an obscene mouth and is obsessed with guys.

After reading her vile rants,
I’m realizing I had no clue what what was going on in her head.
There are too many parents out there who do not go on FB and are totally clueless.

If you posted threats and vile swear works on Free Republic, you’d be suspended. Not on Facebook...


41 posted on 03/16/2011 9:26:52 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

So you’re asking Facebook to stop a 17yo from making an idiot of herself?


42 posted on 03/16/2011 9:34:44 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

I give up...


43 posted on 03/16/2011 9:36:59 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

“Facebook should monitor these threats.”

I agree, and report them directly to the White House, so they can send in Obama’s proposed Civilian Army to put their boots on our necks, after they find out WHOSE ASS TO KICK.

/massive sarcasm


44 posted on 03/16/2011 10:13:48 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (The "11th Commandment" applies to Republicans, not RINOs.)
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To: luckystarmom

See post #44


45 posted on 03/16/2011 10:18:24 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (The "11th Commandment" applies to Republicans, not RINOs.)
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To: Allegra; Dr. Scarpetta
For anyone naive enough to believe the Federal Government is doing this "for the children," take a stroll down memory lane:

VIDEO: Obama to Citizens on Health Care: Send In All Fishy Emails

46 posted on 03/16/2011 10:24:45 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (The "11th Commandment" applies to Republicans, not RINOs.)
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To: tutstar; bamahead; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; ...
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ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

This is one of those occasions where I ping the Homeschool list as well as the ARTH list.

This is so outrageous, that it needs the publicity.

47 posted on 03/16/2011 10:38:58 AM PDT by metmom
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To: metmom; wintertime

It certainly is an outrage.


48 posted on 03/16/2011 10:41:21 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

I don’t see you posting threats here on Free Republic because you know you’ll be suspended. FR wouldn’t put up with any of the abusive behavior that goes on in Facebook.


49 posted on 03/16/2011 10:43:19 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Facebook should monitor these threats.

Parents should monitor their children.
50 posted on 03/16/2011 10:44:45 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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