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What are my privacy rights as a student?

I am in 8th grade (14 years old) and a couple of kids in my grade have been caught playing games on their computers during class, so the Tech Department has made a new program that they are to distribute soon that allows them to watch your computer screen at all times. i do not feel the least but comfortable with this and was wondering if i had any student rights that could prevent them from putting this software on my computer? I know the 4th amendment is about privacy but how can i exploit that in my favor? If it matters, i go to a private school in Greenwich CT.

P.S. The reason why i do not want this program isn't because i dont want them looking at my screen for games, i actually dont play them during class. I have some important, confidential, conversations with my friends i would rather keep a secret and if any else saw them, i dont know what i'd do.

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You're in school to learn not to play games on the computer or talk to your friends, if you have personal information that you don't want them to see then inquire with the HR department and make sure that they confirm that your privacy is protected...

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Darn, it took me a while to figure out this was his own computer, ugh!!
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and the BEST part is : private school students cant afford more than one computer ! :)

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cindysonthenet

you have none

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Well, is the computer school issued?

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I bought it on my own terms, but they took it and put on school-required applications.
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I'm pretty sure they have those rights, because it's the school apps. My school has LansSchool, and they can watch everything we do also. I think the best thing you can do is to delete the conversations, if they're that bad.
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lovechearleading57

have your own computer at school its wrong for the school to do that

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This is my computer, it is at school..
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lovechearleading57
then way are they looking at your computer if its yours
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Thats my question
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Sorry. Employers and schools have almost unlimited rights in this area.

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chazt

School computers are to be used for school, only. Personal computer is at home.

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Well i need to bring my personal computer into school to use it
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lovechearleading57
ur cool im following u
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chazt
No, No, don't follow me, I have already gotten my a.... in the ringer, in another post, following me is a fools journey.
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lovechearleading57
your funny
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they are actually allowed to do that. you cant use school property expecting its alright to do what you want. sorry :(. hope this helped. star and follow me please!

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it's my property; i bought it on my terms, not for school. I ended up using it for school though.
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lovechearleading57
why are they looking at your computer
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Kids were caught playing games, their gonna check every as a precation
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From your reference of the 4th Amendment, I gather you have some intelligence. So I think you'll understand when I say the 4th Amendment deals with the government's actions that involve an intrusion to a person's expectation of privacy. The problem here is that you attend a private school and not a public school. This means there is no government action, and therefore, the 4th Amendment does not apply. You may have a civil case regarding their invasion of your privacy, but you would have to take that up with your parents and get a civil attorney.

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Let your parents talk to them

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lovechearleading57
how old are you?
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Why are you askin
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It does seem childish but it will do the job
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This is totally, 100%, legal and there's nothing you can really do about it. They are able to track everything from your keystrokes to your mouse clicks. Also, your reference to the fourth amendment doesn't apply for any non-government anything, even in public schools.

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Snuffy, unless this computer your working on is owned by you, they can, and will monitor every key stroke you make.
Never ever put anything personal on a public computer, public means anything owned by someone else. Any good IT guy can get in and see anything you've done or wrote.
I'm quite sure there is no privacy on a school computer, because you are using their Internet connection or WiFi, but even with all that said, if it's your computer you should have your own firewall for protection, or use your own WiFi connection with a card. After reading some of your responses I see this is your computer, just make sure you have it blocked where no one can gain access.

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Gotcha ;)
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Well I know somewhere in my schools rule book it says that they can have access to that kind of stuff if they want to, no one reads it but they told us that. In all of the schools computers they can see, and they can send a message to the computer too, they can freeze it and also move the mouse and stuff for you where you can't control it. Check to see if you have signed anything that says they can do that, and check with your parents to make sure they won't be mad if you don't follow that.

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It's their computers therefore they have the right to monitor all actions that take place on them, because they can be held legally responsible if a student uses them for illegal purposes. You should not be using those computers for anything other than school related purposes anyways - personal private conversations should take place during breaks or after school, not during class, when you are supposed to be doing your work.

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