Tracking Your Kids All Summer Long

Blue Valley USD229 in the Kansas City, KS, area is often a spring board for what other districts in Kansas will soon try themselves. Therefore, Kansas parents should be watchful for this coming down the pike. If your school, like Blue Valley, already has this, then it’s time to return the device and contact your local administration, and all Kansans should contact their Kansas representatives to express concerns and to tell the legislator to stop funding these things.

Kansas TAXPAYERS FOOTING THE COST of supplying kids technology devices – not just for school, but for outside school … including the SUMMER months’ break: “students will be taking their district-provided devices home with them over the summer break.”

(At the end, are two communications from the Blue Valley school district.)

The school district assumes the SUPERIOR AUTHORITY over the parent, first by directing only one possibility (NO CHOICE) of the student/parent having and using the devices over summer break, and then by DIRECTING PARENTS how to interact with their own child and instructing of a weekly action that must be taken. The school district even places its own expectations to be those of the parent.

· Prior to the end of school, we want to encourage parents to speak with their children about expectations related to technology use over the summer, as well as remind students of proper care for these devices …

· We encourage you to speak with your child about your expectations related to technology use over the summer, as well as remind students of proper care for these devices

· We want to communicate a protocol that all students and staff should make part of their MBA routine: RESTART THE DEVICE ON MONDAY MORNINGS

ALL SUMMER LONG, the school district will be monitoring and tracking both the device and any usage 24/7.

Will my child’s district-provided device continued to be filtered over the summer?

Yes – all district-provided devices are protected 24/7 by our cloud-based filter, Securly, both at school and beyond.

The school district refers to the Orwellian program, Securly, as a “filter.” It does much more than sift or strain. The school and the providers OWN ALL THE DATA, not the student or parent. (The following detail has not been communicated to parents.)

1. It tracks the device 24/7.

2. It amasses data:

a. Location

b. All actions/keystrokes made by a student

i. Length of time visiting a website

ii. Links clicked

iii. Messages sent or posted

c. Info on the student’s PERSONAL computing device

i. Browser type and browser language

ii. Operating system

iii. IP address

d. Websites visited (including Gmail monitoring)

e. Uses cookies, web beacons and other tech to collect usage information

3. It applies analytics and AI to the data:

a. Looks for and flags social media for any signs of bullying or self-harm

b. Creates a DIGITAL FOOTPRINT on every student

c. Analysts – with PSYCHOLOGY backgrounds, analyze the content and context of student usage

d. Determines whether a student is playing games or doing homework

e. Google Analytics, etc.

4. It provides schools with data and alerts

a. ALERTS SCHOOL personnel if “self-harm” is detected

b. Works with school personnel on “how to proceed”

5. It provides parents with data on their children

a. Usage reports

b. Parents are encouraged to sign up with the Securly parent portal

c. Parent usage of Securly is also tracked and analyzed, as well

Parents not only DO NOT direct what happens with their children at school.

Now, they are NOT the determiners of what happens with their children outside of school.

The school district offers no options to parents in regard to whether their own children have and use technology devices.

AND — look at the email wording!!!! The-BVH-Family!!!!!!!

Per an information technology professional:

You’re asking my opinion about a company that deliberately misspells a word to create their company name and then sells that product to schools?

There are a ton of concerns in the privacy policy.

EVERY piece of your kid’s internet usage will be collected/owned and monitored by the school system and all its partners (providers, the state education system, etc.)

I wouldn’t use this product in a million years.

Parents can expect phone calls from schools/authorities asking why their kid is going to certain websites, or communicating/messaging in “unacceptable” ways, or worse.

But, if you’re a parent that wants The State to parent and control your kids – have at it.

The attack on parent authority and families continues to be unveiled. It will only grow, unless parents refuse to comply with this.

LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS and EDUCATION “INTERESTS” strongly and intentionally lobby state legislators regarding lack of funding and support lawsuits against the state for inadequate funding. In fact, the school districts push to burden every citizen (and business) with higher and higher taxes in order to MONITOR and CONTROL EVERY PART OF PEOPLE’S LIVES. In this case, the lives of CHILDREN.

These are NOT attributes of a society of FREEDOM or LIBERTY.

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Call to Action on HB2361

Contact your legislator and tell him/her to VOTE NO on HB2361!
(If you don’t know who it is or what the number is, you can look it up here: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2019_20/chamber/house/)

The bill diminishes parent authority regarding their own child by promoting PASSIVE parenting rather than active parenting. Those voting for this change to the Student Data Privacy Act, are intentionally pushing for LESS parent authority.

The bill allows for EVERY child, K-12, to be asked questions regarding both the CHILD AND PARENTS’ PERSONAL BELIEFS OR PRACTICES ON SEX, FAMILY LIFE, MORALITY, RELIGION.

The bill allows for school COUNSELORS and other MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS to be EXEMPT from any administration requirements. Therefore, PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION may be collected, students NEED NOT BE INFORMED that the survey is voluntary, parents NEED NOT BE INFORMED regarding the administration of the survey to their own child, and the data doesn’t have to be reported at the aggregate level.

The state is constructing an individual STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH DATABASE.

YOUR CHILD is being SOLD for his DATA.

The 12+ organizations lobbying legislators to pass this bill overwhelmingly spoke regarding “the ability of school districts to secure grant funds” due to “the lack of information” due to reduced survey participation when parents exercise their authority.

YOUR CHILD is LESS IMPORTANT than the COMMUNITY.

PARENT AUTHORITY is LESS IMPORTANT than COMMUNITY/SCHOOL programs, intervention, and services.

From the note: “…the results of the surveys serve as a valuable tool for schools and communities to build support programs, interventions, and services for students to help make progress toward important physical and mental health outcomes and to guide decision making …”

School employees can administer whatever test, questionnaire, survey or examination (survey) on YOUR CHILD, without your knowledge or permission. The result of which can RESULT in YOUR CHILD being recommended for “services” which you, the parent, must comply with.

Want a “simple” questionnaire, based on personality questions, (somehow “determining”) and LABELING children who are PRE-DISPOSED to alcoholism, based on a couple of “personality traits,” and placing them in BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION? Your child could be labeled an ALCOHOLIC without ever having a drink!

How about government-funded Pre-K/early-childhood “education” SCREENING PRESCHOOLERS for early signs of mental illness (a “healthy kids check”), with children determined to have “troubling behavior markers” referred to psychologists, etc.?

How about 12 year olds being allowed to consent to medical treatments?

HB2361, amending the Student Data Privacy Act, was passed out of the KS House Committee on Children and Seniors, with the deciding vote cast by Rep. Concannon after the committee vote ended in a tie.

This bill received quick handling as it was hurriedly introduced on a Friday in February and heard the following Wednesday. The committee didn’t make the turnaround deadline for the bill, so House Leadership acted to refer the bill to the Committee on Appropriations (so it would be “blessed” and not die) and then refer it back to the Committee on Children and Seniors. Eight of the thirteen members of the committee are Republicans.

Link to the supplemental note on the bill: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2019_20/measures/documents/supp_note_hb2361_00_0000.pdf

In the Supplemental Note to the bill, prepared by Legislative Research:

1. Specifically, the bill would remove a requirement the parent of the student be notified the survey is to be administered and give written permission (opts in) for such student to take the survey.

2. [The survey, test, questionnaire, or examination (survey) may contain] questions about a student’s personal beliefs or practices on sex, family life, morality, or religion, or concerning the student’s parent’s views on these subjects, to a student enrolled in kindergarten or grades 1 through 12.

3. Further, the bill would extend the exception from these requirements [for administration of the surveys to students] for school counselors to other school-based mental health professionals with regard to the administration of tests and forms part of a school counselor’s or other school-based provider’s student counseling services.

MONDAY – February 17th – Do you know the real TRUTH about Common Core?

NEXT MONDAY!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about Common Core (Kansas College & Career Ready Standards).
Please share with family and friends!

Do you know the real TRUTH about Common Core?
Monday, February 17th at 7:00pm

Feb17

Antioch Library
8700 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Merriam, KS 66202
*Note from the Library: Besides the library’s parking lot, parking is available behind Taco Bell and to the larger lot west of Taco Bell.

Speakers:
Megan King—the history and truth of Common Core and its impact on our children and their education
Megan is a Preschool Teacher, resides in Lawrence with her husband and three sons. In 2011, while researching a new grading system in her son’s middle school, she stumbled upon the Common Core Initiative. Because of what she found, she hasn’t slept well since and now homeschools two of her children. Megan is a co-founder of Kansans Against Common Core and is working diligently to inform Kansas citizens of the truth about Common Core and the grassroots effort to repeal it.

Paul Schwartz—data collection and concerns with Common Core
Paul is a Computer Consultant, was a U.S. Air Force Intelligence Analyst for six years and a Subject Matter Expert for IBM, EMC, and now the healthcare industry. He has over 20 years of Corporate IT experience in security and compliance and has consulted for the top companies on the Fortune 500 list with regards to their security and compliance requirements. Paul has worked numerous security incidences as well as led remediation efforts after security compromises. He has also consulted on several states’ Student Privacy bills. He is a concerned husband and father and resides with his family in the Olathe School District.

Facebook event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1400731303519877/