Elementary School Parents Outraged Over Data-Mining Intrusive Survey Given To Young Kids

Guest Post by Mara Zebest

Noblesville, Indiana parents are furious with the privacy violations and data mining via a school survey given to their young elementary students. Many of the questions also introduce inappropriate immoral behavior concepts that are suggestive to young innocent minds.

** Video is here.

A video report at local Fox59 HERE, the survey can be viewed or downloaded HERE, and a sample survey page posted below which includes an age group of  “10 years old or younger“:

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Fox59 reports the following:

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (Feb. 26, 2015)– Some parents in Noblesville aren’t happy about a survey their middle schoolers filled out at school. They want to know who’s behind the optional survey that they said got way too personal.

“They crossed the line when they entered the home,” said Michelle Bracewell.

Bracewell said some of the questions her seventh grade daughter answered were invasive. Her daughter took the survey on her iPad at Noblesville West Middle School.

The survey asked about drug and alcohol use, which Bracewell said was understandable, but she became bothered when she found out what other statements the survey solicited.

It asked for student responses to statements like, “People in my family have serious arguments,” and, “People in my family often insult or yell at each other.”

“Those are personal questions, and if I want people to know what’s going on inside my home, I’ll let them know,” said Bracewell. […]

Comments popped up on Facebook, with some parents saying they are very upset over an “issue of rights,” and others calling the survey “data mining, and a 100{c18972fae7bad54fccba2a5109f73c6e4ffe73508739d7249e14c4c49d351322} violation of privacy and trust.”

“We ask these questions for purposes of public health,” said Ruth Gassman, Executive Director of the Indiana Prevention Resource Center.

Gassman says 150 school corporations across the state voluntarily agree to the Indiana Youth Survey, which has been offered across the state for more than twenty years. The survey’s offered in sixth through twelfth grades, and Gassman said each school decides which grades in which they’ll distribute the survey.

The data is used to tailor drug and alcohol awareness programs, some of the questions are used to probe risk factors in the home.

“These items are referred to ask risk and protective factors for alcohol, tobacco, and drug use,” said Gassman.

But this year, in a pilot program, the IPRC asked students for their birthdate and initials, still optional, but parents claim that’s an invasion of privacy, too.

“It’d be very easy to go back and look at a birthdate and initials and see who the child was,” said Bracewell.

Gassman said that initial and birthdate information is not stored, instead it’s used to assign a generic numerical identification number to track students’ responses over a course of years. […]

Click here to be directed to a sample copy of the sixth grade, and seventh through twelfth grade surveys. Rules from the IPRC state that students must be informed their participation is voluntary.

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Notice how the government downplays that the birthdate and initials are “genericidentifiers. They also downplay how the information from the survey might be used against Americans to possibly remove children from their parents.

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