Denmark embraces wellbeing audits in schools


Data-driven wellbeing audits are becoming common in classrooms in Denmark, which has long invested heavily in digital teaching aids and interactive learning. In the last few decades, depression among Danish children has sextupled, and a quarter of ninth-graders report having attempted self-harm. Platforms such as Woof offer teachers regular feedback based on anonymous self-reports. Similar systems in the US extend to surveilling students' emails, chat, and searches.

Experts are concerned that none of these quantified systems can help solve social problems, and are worried about the implications of collecting so much personal data connected with children.

Article: Teachers in Denmark are using apps to audit their students’ moods

Publication: MIT Technology Review

Writer: Arian Khameneh