By Paddock Road 6th Grade Teacher, Matt Kock
Have you ever…
- Had your students go to a website and sign up to use the site using their school email?
- Had students create accounts for an app that you wanted to use with your class to to do a school project?
I am guessing that if you are like me and have used technology at all in your classroom your answers probably went something like this, “Yes, Yes, and. No?”
I ask these questions to hopefully trigger an awareness that we have all been doing it wrong. In this day and age it is time that we make knowing the policies of the companies, with whom we associate our information, part of our vetting process. Especially when it involves the lives and information of our students.
If you enjoy using technology in your classroom and especially if you love to try new things with your students I encourage you to use the following links. They will take you to the Common Sense Media website where you can learn a little more about things like COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Act. Which, by the way, has been around since April of 2000. There is a link to a report published by Common Sense titled, The State of EdTech Privacy. Lastly, a link to Common Sense Media’s very own Privacy Evaluations, were they have rated the privacy policies of hundreds of apps and websites so that you can make more informed decisions about what tech your students are using. Student Privacy is something we should all be aware of.
Common Sense Media – @ CommonSense.org
Be familiar with what COPPA is and what it means: https://searchcompliance.techtarget.com/deﬁnition/COPPA-Childrens-Online-Privacy-Protection-Act
State of Ed Tech Privacy Report: by Common Sense Media You can ﬁnd a summary of the report and a link to the full report by using the following link. https://www.commonsense.org/education/articles/2018-state-of-edtech-privacy-report