Privacy or protection? School district implements controversial way to combat cyberbullying

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A controversial decision by a Florida school district is causing concern among parents.

According to WESH, Orange County Public Schools has started monitoring students’ and teachers’ social media posts through a new software program called “Snaptrends.”

The program allows the school district to search through thousands of posts and find keywords.

School officials say that the program will help them get a grasp on issues like cyberbullying, suicide and crime.

“If they are sitting in a classroom and they are tweeting because they are mad at their teacher or their girlfriend for whatever reason, and there are some threatening words there, we need to be able to know if it is credible,” said Joie Cadle, with the Orange County School Board.

However, parents say it is an invasion of privacy.

“What are they going to do with the information they look at? That’s what we’re concerned about,” Cindy Hamilton, co-founder of Opt Out Orlando, told WESH.

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