Schools hiring companies to monitor students social media accounts

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 2:07 PM

NORFOLK -- Schools are hiring companies to monitor students' social media accounts to detect threats as soon as the words are typed.

"If I don't stand up and do something the next child might not make it," Sally Epps of Gloucester said.

Epps's daughter tried to commit suicide by swallowing an entire bottle of prescription pills. Afterward she saw her daughter posted a warning on Facebook.

In California's Glendale Unified School district, the superintendent contracted Geo Listening to scan students' social media for dangerous language. The technology has already helped them save one student's life.

Tonight at 6 p.m. in our 13News Now investigation,  we question to see if  Hampton Roads schools are taking advantage of this life saving technology.

 

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