It turns out that Pearson is not alone in monitoring students’ social media accounts at testing time.


The California Department of Education does it too, to determine whether students are photographing test questions and sharing them online.


What’s the lesson? I think we must teach our children (and remember ourselves) that anything online is public information. There is no privacy on the Internet. If you have a secret, whisper it in someone’s ear. Don’t write it in an email or on social media; don’t say it on the telephone. Save it for personal conversations. Or consider it public.