School Spy On Students Through Laptop Cams

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School admins spy on kids via district-issued PCs. In other news, Fancylad sees you when you"re in the I-A-B chat rooms.
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Male 98
I remember another news report, where they said they only did it to some laptops that had been stolen. Then all this started. But is it really that big of a surprise? Cell phones have features for parents and others to log onto a site and see where their kids are, I can do that with my laptop and desktop too. There are hundreds of sites offering software to remotely use other computers. Sure it`s wrong since they were watching kids, but sometimes, the things the kids do themselves, is worse. Just watch youtube...
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Male 701
This is no better than the Watergate Scandal.
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Male 487
if my kids ever come home with a school issued laptop, first thing that happens is a HDD format... Even before i read this article i knew it was only a matter of time before government issued laptops became a vessel for someone to stick their nose into your personal life. There`s so many things wrong with this story i don`t know where to start. A child gets disciplined at school for `bad` behavior at HOME?

Try going to the school and telling them you`re installing a remotely accessible camera in your kids classroom and see how it goes over.

If you`re not outraged about this you should be

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Male 78
the real crime is these kids not haveing better computers then the one that the school gives them...
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Male 3,915
wtf man! "inappropriate behavior at home"?!

did someone watch this get wack off or what?!

and who would admit to it?!

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Female 1,283
BigWaFuu.

They`ll probably get smarter. No standardized bullpoo you see in public schooling.
Why, back in the day, we used to be culturally diverse, with an amazing literacy level.

I learned throughout 10 years of school how to copy/paste using a pencil -.-

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Male 1,162
"AAAANNNDDDD....One more reason my kids will be home schooled. I also just covered up my webcam."

One more reason to turn your children stupid? Yeah home school will really help their social behavior when they try to get a date.

This is no big deal, just tape the lens or dont use the laptop. Also, I heard there was a bear who could help sort this underage business out.

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Male 619
This is my school district (though I went to Lower Merion, not Harriton.) I`ve been thinking a lot about this story, and I keep coming back to one central thought -

What the hell? I didn`t get a laptop when I was there! I know it was in 1993, but they didn`t even give me a calculator.

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Male 10,855
Better yet I recommend to those students to put tape over the lens.
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Male 10,855
If I have kids I`ll buy them their own laptop.
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Female 1,190
i just post it-noted my cam lol
im glad i wasnt the only one who felt paranoid when they changed in front of the computer :S
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Male 1,436
To be honest, I`m amazed this surprises anyone.

When I was still in high school MANY MANY years ago, they installed hidden cameras in all of the classrooms. The only reason we found out is because a careless teacher left the memo out on his desk about how to access the camera in the main office and that the students aren`t to be told they are being watched. And because I`m nosy and read it.
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Male 191
I am turning my cam around..
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Male 353
"AAAANNNDDDD....One more reason my kids will be home schooled. I also just covered up my webcam." i unplug mine when im not using it.
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Female 13
AAAANNNDDDD....One more reason my kids will be home schooled. I also just covered up my webcam.
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Male 52
tht rlly is quite an idiotic thing to do f`ing paedos
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Male 10
It would only be legal if they had parental consent. It is considered invasion of privacy no matter who was the try owner of the laptop is. No prior notification to the parents was given, being a parent myself I would be really pissed and pull my kid from that school. With the school claiming no wrong-doing it would be comparable if I stuck a webcam in my really hot downstairs neighbors bedroom, claiming that it`s okay to do this because I`m the manager of the complex with the responsibility to keep up security of the building.
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Female 999
*Covers webcam*

<_<

>_>

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Female 1,380
lol @ zero claiming "fake!!!"
USA Today
and....
the school district`s website
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Female 1,283
This is why I have my own laptop.

Now, to the administrator who disciplined a child because of behavior in his own damn house:
I WILL dratING GRIND THE FLESH OFF YOUR FACE WITH RED-HOT METAL AND FEAST UPON THE SCORCHED FLESH.

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Male 177
Even though it was school issued and not actually there laptop it STILL is ILLEGAL!!! i say drat them all up the ass for ILLEGALLY spying on there students... AND YES THIS REALLY DID HAPPEN
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Female 1,566
Actually, my old high school did something similar. You could enter a password to take down the security blocks so you could access sites like Hotmail that are usually blocked, but the computer took pictures of what was on the monitor every second and sent them back to a main file somewhere, so they could see what we were looking at/doing, even our personal e-mail.
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Male 7
i read through this on google news the other day and didnt really think about it too much untill i saw it said merion school district. my friend goes to the merion country club so i asked her if she knew the school. she actually knows the kid. he was smoking weed haha
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Male 9,305
Too crazy to be true...? o_O;
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Male 674
simple way to avoid being spied upon:
1) Get some duct tape and paper.
2) Place a piece of paper the size of the web cam camera on the sticky side of the duct tape.
3) Place duct tape with paper over the webcam.
4) Stick headphones into the microphone port.
5) Cover any built in microphones with duct tape.

Now, they cant record you without your knowledge. to use the webcam and mic, remove duct tape, and take the headphones out of the microphone port.

They cant see or hear you if you cover their eyes and ears.

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Male 2
can`t anyone see that this is COMPLETELY FAKE. The link where it supposedly takes you to the court case is a link to craphound.com
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Female 778
my laptop always has a sticky note over the web cam, just in case. i knew a girl who discovered that someone had somehow hacked her webcam and had been spying on her, no telling how long.
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Male 82
@green_batman I love how you just assume that the government = the school admins.
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Female 767
I live around there. it`s not my school, but i`m surprised this happened `round my neck of the woods.
--

Philly? :D

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Male 131
Pedos pedos PEDOS!!!
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Female 258
great now i`m really paranoid
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Female 635
"improper behavior in his home"?
If the school called me in for something I do on my own time, on my own property, I think I`d have to punch someone.

Not to mention spying on someone is, y`know, illegal.

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Female 1,043
I live around there. it`s not my school, but i`m surprised this happened `round my neck of the woods.
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Male 2,238
[quote]Why is america of 2010 less advanced than america of 1910?[/quote]

...wut?

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Female 728
Another sign that the government is too power hungry. There is no reason why the school could have possibly needed to spy on these children. I hope the people responsible for this get fired.
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Male 593
That is serious invasion of personal affairs. Its the equivelant of stalking someone! Tut tut...
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Female 718
oh my god that`s messed up. Crazy american schools are crazy!
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Female 3,828
oah creepy. eventually theyll come out with laptops with a lens on it you have to open each time you use it.
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Male 2,056
I KNEW IT! I KNEW THIS MIGHT HAPPEN AT SOME POINT!

but seriously, i did think about this happening (not this particular situation tho).

Thats just really F*cking scary tho

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Female 877
i knew it!
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Female 491
Calling Dr. Pedobear...
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Female 491
I`m gonna start putting a sticky note above my webcam when I`m not using it...
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Female 120
I should double-check my school administered laptop...
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Male 3,255
This has to be fake. It`s like reading a news story that some elementary school was disciplining its students for bad grades with violent rape. It just doesn`t seem like even the stupidest school in the country would even consider this.
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Male 1,190
Why is america of 2010 less advanced than america of 1910?
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Male 1,455
This happened just a few miles from me. Sickening.

Heh. Somebody`s getting sacked.

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Male 10,440
I`m no lawyer, but the school that did this could be accused of just about anything.
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Male 335
Lower Merion FTW! Bunch of douces out there in MontCo.
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Male 10,440
Human rights violation?

But I`d have loved to get my hands on one of those laptops, I`d f*ck with the mind of whoever was watching. Then I`d sue them.

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Male 25,417
Very wrong!
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Male 1,297
that is SO WRONG
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Male 4,680
"The school district admits that student laptops were shipped with software for covertly activating their webcams, but denies wrongdoing. "
Hey guys I sneaked into your girlfriend`s bedroom and took pictures of her whilst she got changed BUT I DIDN`T DO ANYTHING WRONG HONESTLY
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Male 560
that is really drated up. I mean why couldn`t I have gotten a job there to spy on highschool girls getting dressed and such in their room at home?
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Female 1,380
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