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The Education Week Spotlight on Online Student Safety is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on possible digital vulnerabilities; how students may be partaking in digital self-harm; popular platforms; whether students are being groomed to accept over-surveillance; and the safety of students’ data storage.

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Privacy & Security Cyberattacks on Schools Soared During the Pandemic
The number of cyberattacks on school districts surged by a whopping 18 percent in calendar year 2020, a new analysis shows.
Alyson Klein, March 10, 2021
3 min read
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Privacy & Security What Educators Should Know About Digital Self-Harm During Hybrid and Remote Learning
Some research suggests the phenomenon known as "digital self-harm" is on the rise and schools need to address it more directly.
Mark Lieberman, February 16, 2021
6 min read
Many educators have been using TikTok to entertain students and vent about the difficulties of teaching under COVID-19.
Many educators have been using TikTok to entertain students and vent about the difficulties of teaching under COVID-19.
Privacy & Security What Educators Really Need to Know About TikTok
Uber-popular with tweens and teens, the video-sharing platform on which users share short clips is raising concerns about student data privacy and national security.
Benjamin Herold, July 29, 2020
7 min read
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Privacy & Security School Reopenings Bring Wave of COVID-19 Student-Data-Privacy Concerns
Safely storing videos of classroom lessons and protecting sensitive health information will be a challenge.
Benjamin Herold, August 11, 2020
6 min read
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Privacy & Security Cybersecurity Training for Educators Lagging Behind Rising Risk of Cyberattacks
Almost 80 percent of K-12 and college-level educators report using some sort of online learning platform during the pandemic.
Alyson Klein, February 8, 2021
2 min read
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Privacy & Security Teachers Are Watching Students' Screens During Remote Learning. Is That Invasion of Privacy?
The tools help teachers keep remote students on track and pinpoint who needs help. Some parents and students worry about over-surveillance.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 2, 2021
16 min read
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Privacy & Security Opinion Why K-12 Cybersecurity Is Only as Good as the Leadership at the Top
Doug Levin, the founder of the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, argues that superintendents and school boards need to take a more active role in improving cybersecurity.
Doug Levin, March 19, 2019
5 min read