Burbank’s schools chief said she plans to keep an eye on neighboring Glendale Unified, who recently hired a Hermosa Beach-based company to monitor the public social networking accounts of its middle and high school students.
“We do not currently monitor students’ social media sites and we have not yet researched the program that Glendale Unified has implemented, but we will be gathering more information,” Burbank Unified Supt. Jan Britz said in an email Thursday.
The Glendale school board agreed this month to pay $40,500 to hire Geo Listening to watch students’ posts to social networking sites such as Twitter and Instagram during the current school year. Chris Frydrych, the company’s founder, stresses the service only looks at publicly accessible posts, and does not look at private emails, text messages or voicemails. He declined to say how many other public or private schools — if any — in Los Angeles County or the state use the service.