The desire to monitor their children in the digital age is becoming more insistent. With the opening of virtual borders in the life of a child come many opportunities, but also many threats. Monitoring tools for pc as key recorder or key hunter, for example, help parents to verify what happens in the virtual life of their children, often avoiding episodes of bullying.
An American company specialized in digital texts in the last months has launched a software that “spy” study habits through the e-reader. These tools are becoming increasingly common in the education world, but can lead to unpleasant implications for the privacy of the students going to control their habits of reading and underlining.
The software operates on the cloud, so every time a student access to the text, the pages read are recorded and tracked as in the case of the pages of a website. The “Big Brother of education” provides to the teachers the average length of the time spent on virtual books and can tell if the subject underlines or takes notes on the tablet or e-reader.
In this way, the control screen will show if a member of the class is behind and what are the topics on which he has had problems. The instrument meets the needs of big classes where the teachers cannot monitor individual pupils and however doesn’t replace tests and queries. On the other hand we must also recognize that everyone has their own method of study and there are those who is able to assimilate in a short time or those who prefer integrate more with the sheets of paper and then penalize them would not be fair. And you can also leave open a page without really reading it.
In short, the system still leaves some shadow areas and cannot find an application to 360°. Regarding the tracking of the habits and preferences of the readers on web browsing, this is an operation already done by giants like Google or Amazon.