Protecting the Personal Information of K-12 Students

Are your students a target for identity theft?

Think of all the applications, cloud services, educational sites your teachers and students log into on any given day. How many user names, profiles, and passwords do your students need to keep track and remember? As school leaders and parents begin to realize the amount of private student data these educational technology tools have collected, there has been a strong push to restrict the educational technology industry from using personal information collected from students. In 2015, 15 states have passed 28 laws to protect data-privacy.

California, to name one state, passed the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act, which prohibits companies that working with schools from selling or disclosing student personal information or marketing to students. Whether your school is in California or not, it is important for administrators and teachers to understand the importance of protecting children’s privacy. 

In addition to passing laws to protect student data-privacy, schools must practice due diligence in evaluating technology service providers. Schools providing awareness and training to faculty and staff on data security and how to evaluate educational website and applications do students in their care a service. Free resources like Common Sense Media, which rate educational websites and applications can save educators a lot time and help them make better choices when implementing a new solution for their students.
For the record, All Covered Education has signed the Student Privacy Pledge.

Flanigan, Robin L. "Why K-12 Data-Privacy Training Needs to Improve." Education Week.
Publish dates: Education Week, October 21, 2015. Web. July 20, 2016.  

Posted by Judy Nguyen, All Covered Teacher & Learning Consultant/Trainer