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A Starting Point for Ensuring Student Online Privacy

A Starting Point for Ensuring Student Online Privacy
Our society is struggling with issues regarding individual privacy. Heated debates are occurring on topics that range from whether the government should be allowed to conduct mass surveillance of citizens to the information that companies should be allowed to collect based on one's computer activity -- and what they should be allowed to do with it. There are also concerns about the security of personal data in general -- consider the data breach at Target last year. A Complicated Issue A January 2014 survey of registered voters released by CommonSense Media found that 90 percent of respondents are either very or somewhat concerned with how private companies with non-educational interests are able to access and use students' personal information. So how should educators address the public's concerns? Even finding a starting place in the conversation about student privacy can be overwhelming. Best Practices in Maintaining Student Privacy A Note Regarding Classroom Teachers

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Training staff to ensure consistent implementation of the district's policies and procedures regarding student privacy "Individual classroom teachers should not make unilateral decisions regarding the implementation of online services." But districts that have adopted strong privacy policies should also have procedures in place to allow teachers to suggest apps or other online educational service that they would like to use (or have students use). While the process may slow down the introduction of the app into the learning environment, it will hopefully provide peace of mind to teachers, who will know the app has been properly vetted with regards to student privacy. by dkherning Jan 20

digital responsibility, media literacy, digital literacy, digital citizenship, internet safety by dkherning Jan 20

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