“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.” Bill Gates
CIPA, COPPA, FERPA, Oh My! These are the laws and policies that help to protect our students online that many teacher’s are not aware of. Below is an overview of each law along with some resources to better understand them.
Child Internet Protection Act: The school is required by CIPA to have technology measures and policies in place that protect students from harmful materials including those that are obscene and pornographic. Any harmful content contained from inappropriate sites will be blocked. http://fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/cipa.html
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act: COPPA applies to commercial companies and limits their ability to collect personal information from children under 13. By default, Google advertising is turned off for Apps for Education users. No personal student information is collected for commercial purposes. This permission form allows the school to act as an agent for parents in the collection of information within the school context. The school’s use of student information is solely for education purposes.http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/coppafaqs.shtm
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: FERPA protects the privacy of student education records and gives parents the right to review student records. Under FERPA, schools may disclose directory information (name, phone, address, grade level, etc…) but parents may request that the school not disclose this information.
- The school will not publish confidential education records (grades, student ID #, etc) for public viewing on the Internet. The school may publish student work and photos for public viewing but will not publish student last names or other personally identifiable information.
- Parents may request that photos, names and general directory information about their children not be published. Parents have the right at any time to investigate the contents of their child’s email or web tools. http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa
Due to these laws, but also wanting our students to create using web tools and apps, we created a Webtool Permission Slip. This permission slip helps parents be informed as well.
“Children’s Internet Protection Act | FCC.gov.” 2002. 1 Dec. 2013 <http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/cipa.html>
“Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.” 1 Dec. 2013 <http://www.ftc.gov/ogc/coppa1.htm>
“FERPA for Students – U.S. Department of Education.” 2010. 1 Dec. 2013 <http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/students.html>