Student Privacy

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Privacy & Security VR Devices Collect 'Intimate' Data, Lack Privacy Protections. Should Schools Invest?
A nonprofit examined the most popular VR devices on the market and found privacy problems with all of them.
Alyson Klein, November 18, 2022
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Privacy & Security School Facebook Pages and Privacy Concerns: What Educators Need to Know
Facebook pages can build an online school community and boost school spirit. But they can pose serious problems for student privacy.
Alyson Klein, November 2, 2022
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Classroom Technology Software That Monitors Students May Hurt Some It's Meant to Help
Instead of referring kids to counseling services, the software is often used for discipline purposes, a tech policy group says.
Alyson Klein, August 8, 2022
2 min read
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Law & Courts Are Teachers Obliged to Tell Parents Their Child Might Be Trans? Courts May Soon Decide
Some administrators say outing a student could lead to child abuse or self-harm. Parents in court filings say they have a right to know.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 28, 2022
12 min read
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IT Infrastructure Stopping Cyberattacks Is Top Priority for Ed-Tech Leaders. But Many Underestimate the Risk
Most K-12 district tech leaders rate common cybersecurity threats as just low or medium risk, survey shows.
Alyson Klein, April 26, 2022
4 min read
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Privacy & Security 'There Are So Many Issues’: Why Schools Are Struggling to Protect Student Data
While efforts have been made to protect student data, there are still troubling examples of data breaches.
Mark Walsh, April 12, 2022
8 min read
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Privacy & Security Download Be Ready When Parents Ask These 7 Questions About Data Privacy
These questions offer a roadmap for issues that K-12 leaders should be prepared to discuss.
Benjamin Herold & Gina Tomko, April 12, 2022
1 min read
IT Infrastructure Spotlight Spotlight on Infrastructure Modernization
This Spotlight will help you grasp the reality of school infrastructure, parent privacy concerns, watchdog recommendations and more.
April 12, 2022
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Privacy & Security Cyber Hackers Attack Schools More Often Than You Think: 8 Ways to Stop Them
Experts say there’s no magic formula for districts to completely protect themselves from these incidents, but there are ways to reduce risk.
Alyson Klein, March 31, 2022
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Privacy & Security What Schools Can Learn From the Biggest Cyberattack Ever on a Single District
Hackers infiltrated a New York City school district vendor, jeopardizing personal information for 820,000 current and former students.
Alyson Klein, March 30, 2022
2 min read
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Privacy & Security Explainer School Cyberattacks, Explained
Hackers are terrorizing schools with increasingly complex attacks, causing data breaches and more. Here’s what educators need to know.
Alyson Klein, February 11, 2022
12 min read
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Privacy & Security Ed Tech Usage is Up. So Are Parent Privacy Concerns
Both parents and students want more say in how their personal information is used, according to a recent report.
Alyson Klein, November 16, 2021
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