I don't even know where to begin. For years, media has been crying that our children, especially our teenagers, are suffering from anxiety and depression. The post-Columbine world changed schools forever. The formerly never ending school shootings made parents everywhere fear for their kids' safety while in school. Kids have active shooter drills and learn evasion techniques, how to staunch a bullet wound. Hardly the three Rs of yore. Today, WIRED Magazine reports on a dragnet of technology under the guise of protecting from COVID. Can you fathom your child being tracked by "someone" other than you with your iPhone for safety? Even in the autism community, where tracking devices can be a blessing when compared to the danger of death by wandering, would you put a "beacon" on your child of any age to permit strangers to track your children? What could possibly go wrong?
When students return to school in New Albany, Ohio, in August, they’ll be carefully watched as they wander through red-brick buildings and across well-kept lawns—and not only by teachers.
The school district, with five schools and 4,800 students, plans to test a system that would require each student to wear an electronic beacon to track their location to within a few feet throughout the day. It will record where students sit in each classroom, show who they meet and talk to, and reveal how they gather in groups. The hope is such technology could prevent or minimize an outbreak of Covid-19, the deadly respiratory disease at the center of a global pandemic. Read more at WIRED.
Schools Turn to Surveillance Tech to Prevent Covid-19 Spread Administrators hope tracking beacons will identify where students congregate and who should be isolated if someone contracts the coronavirus.