Student Data Privacy, Cyber Security, and Internet Safety
Understanding Student Data Privacy and Cyber Security Laws
As technology in the classroom continues to grow, so does the need to protect student privacy and secure online learning environments.To date there are four active federal policies that provide guidance to school districts on privacy, confidentiality, and security practices. As educators it is critical that were aware of all relevant laws for our classrooms. Below, is a brief explanation and example of each for your review.
Teachers' Roles and Responsibilities
Resources for Teachers
Resources for Students
- Kid's Rules for Online Safety - These rules are aimed mostly at younger children, at oldest pre-teens.
- Kid's Online Safety Tips from the FBI - Reminders about some very important things kids need to keep in mind when on the computer at home or in school.
- GetNetWise - The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be just "one click away" from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family's use of the Internet.
- NetsSmartz for Teens - These videos feature the real stories of actual teens who have been victimized online and want you to learn from their mistakes.
- NetsSmartz for Tweens - Through animated videos, short films, games, and interactive comics, NSTeens teaches tweens and teens about making safe choices online.
- NetsSmartz for Kids - The program is designed for children ages 5-17 with resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations.
Resources for Parents
- NetsSmartz for Parents - NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.
- iKeepSafe for Parents - You can help your child become a responsible, ethical digital citizen with healthy online relationships. To help you teach your children to safely and ethically use their digital devices, iKeepSafe has created the following programs:
- Think Before You Link in School for Family - These interactive, self-paced lessons geared specifically towards parents and caretakers present real-world scenarios focused on cybersafety, cybersecurity, and cyberethics.
- Common Sense Graphite - Find the best websites, apps, and games, rated for learning and mapped to standards.
- Stay Safe Online - A resource brought to you by the National Cyber Security Alliance.
- Kids's Online Safety from the FTC - The opportunities kids have to socialize online come with benefits and risks. Adults can help reduce the risks by talking to kids about making safe and responsible decisions.
FERPA Guide for Parents - This brochure contains helpful information about parents basic rights under FERPA for the Family Policy Compliance Office.