How Schools Could Use Kids’ Mobile Phones To Track Their Students

Makers of software that uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to locate cellphones say tracking students this way could enhance school safety.

By Shelly BrisbinFebruary 27, 2020 3:09 pm,

Many parents use software to keep tabs on their kids who carry cellphones. But a new tool aims to give schools that same ability. The company who makes it says the software can increase school safety. But the idea of constant surveillance of children while they’re at school is concerning to many.

Tech expert Omar Gallaga says the new software uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals to locate a phone, and uses that device’s unique address to identify who’s carrying it.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– What kinds of tracking programs companies offer to schools

– Why tracking kids at school is controversial

– How tracking is supposed to enhance school safety

– How kids who don’t have a phone can also be tracked