Exclusive Christian schools in Australia have created a storm of biblical proportions by snooping on their students through their facebook accounts.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald swanky schools of the religious right are using internet monitoring companies to read what students are saying on social networking sites.
Stephen Harris, the principal of Northern Beaches Christian School, says it is really important for him to be on the blower to tell parents late at night if their children have posted something ungodly.
He said that his school policy now extends the concept of the school playground to any environment in the social media platform where a student of the school or a teacher is identified by “either name, image or inference”. In short his powers are omnipotent, just like Jesus.
After all, if God can see into a student’s heart, soul, and networking account, why shouldn’t the school which has been appointed by God do the same thing.
So in other words if the school is mentioned by a kid on the web then Harris sees himself still in charge of their lives and can read the law, chapter and verse, at the parents.
While such schools have a belief that God has told them to intervene to save their students from hell, it seems that more Aussie State Schools are starting to believe that they are that important too.
Lila Mularczyk, the deputy president of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council, recently argued that cyber-bullying “connected with school” needed to be treated in the same way as ordinary bullying, no matter when it occurred.
She said that if the out-of-hours harassment is an extension of school relationships or a school event, that is considered part of the school day.
While it is a good thing that schools are doing all these things to prevent cyber bullying, why is it that kids are still topping themselves over good old fashioned “punch in the face” bullying which is rampant. A teacher would not dream of constantly monitoring Gnasher Suggs as he carries out his lunch money racket, but they are interested in looking at what kids say about teachers at home.
Booth said she did not want kids putting things on their social notworking sites that might put them in danger. We guess the danger she means is from the psychopathic PE teacher who might not like the child’s review of their lessons.
Cameron Murphy, the president of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, said that the monitoring was an ”outrageous invasion” of students’ privacy. He points out that if a kid says something to their mates on a phone at night, a school does not have the right to tap the phone.
Just because it happens to be a social networking site, it shouldn’t be any different,” he said.