[LINK] Messages to be monitored before going to schools
Mon, 17 Feb 2003 15:56:44 +1100
Just in case no one picked this up ... Interesting comments - particularly
about allegations and child protection.
Messages to be monitored before going to schools
By Linda Doherty, Education Writer
February 17 2003
Students using email in NSW public schools will have Big Brother watching
over them as the Carr Government evaluates how the technology is used and
how much extra work it requires of teachers.
Email accounts will undergo an "educational impact statement" to monitor
use in 50 schools before any further rollout of the program, which is
ultimately intended to involve 1.3 million students and 130,000 teachers.
The Minister for Education, John Watkins, said yesterday he had agreed to a
request from the NSW Teachers Federation for the trial statements.
The deputy president of the federation, Jennifer Leete, said teachers would
insist on strict guidelines in an industrial agreement for after-hours use
of email, especially between teachers, students and parents.
"Communication with students and parents is the big issue for us, at the
very least for child protection reasons," Ms Leete said.
Emails and text messages had already been used by students making
allegations against teachers of inappropriate behaviour, she said.
"There's no doubt that student emails will be monitored. The department [of
education] has the capacity to monitor every single email communication,"
Ms Leete said.
"We are advising our members that there is no such thing as a confidential
All public schools and TAFE colleges are scheduled to have the email
accounts by December, at a cost of $33 million. The Government will also
provide email accounts for up to 2000 parents and citizens organisations in
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