Protecting Students in a Digital World
Participate and share : Interactive lecture
Wednesday, June 27, 10:30–11:30 am
Though nearly 20 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act affects classrooms daily. Come learn who the act covers, what student information is protected, when parental consent is required, and suggestions for safeguards. You'll explore various sites’ privacy policies and work through various methods of obtaining parental consent.
|Attendee devices:||Devices required|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Topic:||Safety, security and student data privacy|
|ISTE Standards:||For Coaches:
|Additional detail:||ISTE author presentation|
As an Instructional Technology Coach for eight elementary schools, I saw teachers employ a variety of online tools in their classrooms, many requiring information to create student accounts. As we were updating and revising our Board policies regarding technology, we included a section on COPPA based on model policies in other districts. I realized I knew little about the law and so began my own investigative learning. Along the way, through formal surveys and informal conversations, I realized our administrators and teachers knew little about the implications of this law on educational practice. As a parent myself, I want to arm educators with an understanding of federal requirements and best practices with the hope that the same care will be taken of my childrens’ personal information. As a result of this presentation, participants will know who the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act pertains to, what kinds of information it protects, how and when parental consent needs to be obtained, practical measures and best practices to limit the amount of information shared, and the persistent questions or “gray” areas of the law that are still debated and developing.
Each segment of presented information will be followed by hands-on application. After learning about who the law covers, random participants will be assigned a character profile. The rest of participants will need to determine whether the law applies to those character profiles or not. After learning about the types of information covered, participants will engage in an online sorting activity. When learning about how websites require the collection of parental consent, participants will go to various websites and examine the privacy policies. They will use the information they glean to plug key sections into a provided parental consent template, creating their own model of a consent form. Finally, after working with the people around them to brainstorm safeguards, they will take a culminating quiz to assess and receive feedback on their newly-developed understanding.