Children’s Privacy: Who’s tracking our kids & are they safer for it?

School children are being monitored online as never before, particularly following the mass increase in remote engagement that occurred because of COVID and due to new concerns about the student mental health and on-site  physical safety. A report from the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) found student monitoring nearly ubiquitous, but also with minimal use training and a lack of safeguards against bias. Findings included: 1) monitoring is used more for discipline than safety; 2) teachers often lack training; 3) monitored students are at increased risk for encounters with law enforcement; 4) LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities and students of color are disproportionately targeted for action.