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How Schools Use Computer Chips to Monitor Our Kids

How Schools Use Computer Chips to Monitor Our Kids

Wish you could keep tabs on your kids all the time? So does the government! Schools in San Antonio, Texas have unveiled new technology that places a radio-frequency identification chip on its students so it can monitor their whereabouts throughout the day.

As The Huffington Post and RT report, the chip is implanted in the students’ IDs, which are to be worn around the neck constantly. Despite protests from students and parents, the Northside Independent School District says it will be expanding the program to over 100 schools and nearly 100,000 students. School officials have threatened that students who refuse to wear their monitoring devices are subject to punishments like suspension or being transferred to another school.

Currently, students without their IDs are also not allowed to participate in afterschool activities, eat in the cafeteria or go to the library. After all, why let kids into the library to check out the book 1984 when they’re already living it? Andrea Hernandez, a sophomore at John Jay High School who opts to wear her chip-free ID from the previous year, has had teachers tell her she is not permitted to vote for homecoming court or run for student council because of her choice. Obviously, you wouldn’t want a free thinking, disobedient teenager to be in a position of power.

Similar to most threats to our individual liberties, the program is purported to be for the students’ “safety.” Additionally, the district hopes that the chips will help to address its truancy issues. Schools lose state funding when students are absent, so by frightening students into attending class, Northside expects to generate more revenue. Of course, a large portion of that recouped money goes toward paying for the implementation and upkeep of this chip technology, so the real winner is the company that convinced schools that this was a good idea.

But Northside is right about one thing – monitoring devices are a surefire way to increase school attendance! Students are bound to come to school more often after being made to feel like untrustworthy inmates. If anything, the school should take it a few steps further. Why not add some shock technology to the IDs and put an electric fence around the school building, too?

If only these draconian monitoring measures were an isolated incident. Salon has a thorough run-through of other schools in Baltimore, Dallas, Anaheim and Illinois with similar programs. Many of these schools fashion students with GPS devices so they can keep tabs on them off school premises, as well.

The growing trend of planting chips on students is certainly a situation that fans of civil liberties need to – for a lack of a better term – monitor. Pretty soon, we may be longing for the days when school tracking just meant racially segregating our students for differing success paths.

 

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12:46AM PDT on Aug 12, 2014

I don't agree with the school's activities of using computer chip to monitor children's every action. Children is not a cat or a dog that we must use a necklet to curb them. But for children's computer use, we parents need pay more attention. We must use a parental control program to monitor and control their Internet use to protect them from online threats and Internet addiction. http://www.anykeylogger.net

2:50AM PDT on May 7, 2014

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6:30AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

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7:09AM PST on Feb 18, 2014

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2:24PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

The "All Seeing Eye" cut off my the rest of my statement in which I named the two groups, but, I'll leave it up to you, the Good People of C2 to fill in.

2:18PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Why are people so Outraged about this? I mean, most people have a cellphone and if the "All Seeing Eye" wants to find you, it will be able to track down your last location and once you turn it on, your privacy door is open. The New Phones with the anti-theft chip, is the same as wearing one of those ID cards. Those that use Facebook, Myspace and Care2, since it linked up with FB have given all their privacy rights over to them. The FBI, CIA and Law Enforcement now go to them if they need info on someone and they don't need a warrant for that search!

But this is right out of the book 1984:
Currently, students without their IDs are also not allowed to participate in afterschool activities, eat in the cafeteria or go to the library. After all, why let kids into the library to check out the book 1984 when they’re already living it? Andrea Hernandez, a sophomore at John Jay High School who opts to wear her chip-free ID from the previous year, has had teachers tell her she is not permitted to vote for homecoming court or run for student council because of her choice. Obviously, you wouldn't want a free thinking, disobedient teenager to be in a position of power.

I don't know "Law," but would call this discrimination towards any student that was already enrolled in the school. to be banned from school activities, etc. before this policy was implemented!
**Truancy - that is why attendance is taken before every class

There are two groups I would like to have wearing

1:19PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Stops truancy.

Hmm. I can see a good money making enterprise here.

If the schools don't know now who isn't attending school, how will they know that Joe isn't carrying Elijah's, Mary's and Wilbur's cards too?

True American enterprise at work.

Actually getting paid to go to class.

1:15PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

I can see that an RFID tagged ID card will open doors, record library loans etc.

But how will an RFID tag provide students with a safety advantage?

An ordinary RFID tag can usually be read up to about 40 feet away.
A battery assisted one 120+ yards.

So assuming that the idea was to track the location of every student only on the schools grounds, they'd need multiple receivers to do the job on every school.

That plus the cards would cost a lot of cash that schools autorities say they don't have.

And they still wouldn't make students safe. Any gun/knife/baseball bat weilding lunatic wouldn't be stopped by the cards. Either with or without one.

All it would do is make it easier to find the bodies.

And if the attacker had an RFID locator easier to find the victims.

12:40PM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Where is our honest media that will go through any hardship to uncover a story? In days gone by this would have caused an absolute uproar, today it raises barely an eyebrow. The government is there to serve the people not shackle, monitor and control us. Look for yourself, uncover the truths, speak out loudly and consistently, don't be quietened by threats or fear.

5:37AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

The coming of the one world government was in the making a long time ago technology is only increasing the pace of control. We being spoon fed so it's hard to detect the true agenda of what is taking place.
Every thing is done for our own protection. Protection from whom and what? By the time we open our eyes we are all hooked, line and sinker.

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