Can school Chromebooks record you? This is a question that many students might be asking themselves. For parents, this may also be something of concern. While schools provide Chromebooks to their students with the intention of benefitting them, they are not all perfect and do come with some pitfalls. First off, let’s talk about what these devices can actually do for children in school.
They allow children to complete assignments online without having to print paper copies at home or carry heavy books back and forth from school every day. With access to an online library through Google Play Books, they can read ebooks on any device with an internet connection (not just computers). These tools make it easier for kids in school because they don’t have anything.
As a parent, I always worry about what my kids are doing at school. Is the teacher checking on them? Are they being bullied by other students? The biggest question that plagues me is whether or not their Chromebook can record them without their knowledge. Every day as your child walks into the building, you have to wonder if they will be able to come home and tell you all about their great day. With some schools using new technology for student safety, it’s important to know what these devices can do and more importantly how they work so we know our children are safe inside and outside of school.
While it may be an old wives tale, there are some that are worried that school Chromebooks are recording them without their knowledge. The idea of the laptop being able to record you is not unfounded, but let’s clear up a few things. School Chromebooks do not have any camera features on them and they don’t have microphones either.
They only have speakers so if you’re worried about being recorded, don’t worry! You can relax in your seat knowing that this isn’t happening to you or anyone else in your class. There is a popular misconception going around that Chromebooks have the ability to record you without your knowledge. This is not true, and I will explain why in this blog post.