App tracks students’ performance, reports to parents

Some parents 22News spoke with are concerned about privacy

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Teachers could be tracking your child with a new app called ClassDojo.

The ClassDojo app adds or deducts points to a student’s profile based on behavior, and then sends a report to the parents who sign up. Its developer says they have millions of teachers, students and parents using the app across the country.

Some parents 22News spoke with think it’s a good idea, but others say the app raises privacy concerns, and should require parental consent.

Shelby Driscoll of West Springfield said, “At least for my son, we have email; we have ways to contact the teacher, and I don’t really think it’s necessary to monitor the children. I think it might be a little invasive for them just to have a teacher be able to track that.”

If parents want to remove their child’s data from ClassDojo, they must ask the teacher or email the company. Teachers can decide whether to display students’ points to the class or use the system in private mode.

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