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Room For Debate: Is GoGuardian An Invasion of Privacy?

March 22, 2022

Pro GoGuardian: Kolee Ho

Recently, GoGuardian has sparked in the educational community. Teachers are now using it as a way to watch over students during class time, supervising their tabs and screen.

Some may argue that GoGuardian is an invasion of privacy because of how it feels like your teacher is watching over your every move on the computer. While this may be true, this new app is just a way teachers can make sure you’re on task and not on some other site playing games. It might feel uncomfortable, but it’s most likely that your teacher is just trying to make sure you’re doing the right thing.

Plus, you are still welcome to do whatever you want at home, not at school. Either way, your Chromebook should be for educational purposes only, and it’s very unlikely that your teachers would be nosy enough to check every single thing you do on your Chromebook.

So, GoGuardian is simply just a tool for teachers to make sure you’re getting your work done and being on task.

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Anti-GoGuardian: Isabella Dumoulin

Do you know what invades your privacy? GoGuardian does.

GoGuardian is a program that Wellington Landings has bought in order to monitor its student’s computers. GoGuardian looks at all the tabs you have and also can see the tab you are on. Teachers can control your computer screen as well as see a student’s computer history. This is wrong and invades our privacy.

GoGuardian also gives teachers the ability to listen to what you say through your microphone and look through your webcam to see what you are doing. They can also still hear and see what you are doing after school hours. It can also limit the resources students have outside of school as teachers “lock” tabs and websites.

This is really messed up. When we are in class we should just have our privacy so we can do our work. Not being stalked every second and seen every second while we attempt to concentrate. When we are at school we should have our own privacy, and not be under pressure while our teacher watches and listens to us.

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