welcome back to student data privacy fundamentals. In this lesson, we will discuss Copa and student online data.
We will talk about what Copa stands for and what it regulates. What age of student Copa protects on what responsibilities educational entities have in regards to Copa
Copa or the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act is a federal regulation enacted in 1998 which prohibits unfair or deceptive acts or practices in connection with the collection, use and or disclosure of personal information from and about Children on the Internet.
Copa imposes certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to Children and on operators of other websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they're collecting personal information online from a child.
Copa defines a child as any individual under the age of 13.
Quiz time, true or false copra tricks all students through the age of 12.
True Copa defines a child as any individual under the age of 13.
confidential and secure.
One especially confusing and contentious issue of Copa compliance is whether or not schools can stand in for kids parents when giving consent to use an online tool
in short schools. Congrats. Copa consent. If here's the tricky part, the tool is used solely for an educational purpose.
As the Federal Trade Commission explains in its Copa F ake use, the information collected must be for the use and benefit of the school and for no other commercial purpose.
In addition to knowing when educators can consent on behalf of parents, teachers and schools should also follow other best practices with respect to COPA conducting appropriate due diligence in vetting products, educating themselves on privacy policies in terms of service
and providing appropriate information to parents, such as the names of sites or services
that it has consented to on behalf of parents and those sites and services for information practices
Beyond Copas Parental Consent issue It's important to know that even though the law specifically regulates technology companies, teachers and schools aren't off the hook when it comes to understanding the law and its intent.
Copa was originally enacted over 20 years ago.
Technology has changed a lot during that time, and the technologies that kids use both on their own and in school are no exception. Innovated T innovative teachers, many of whom tend to be early adopters of new tech,
are likely to try out tools that haven't been made specifically for kids or haven't been made with educational use in mind.
Along with innovative teaching comes the responsibility to understand how our students data is being collected and used.
So what can educators to dio
First, you can know your school's policies on adopting new technologies and follow them. Does your school or district having approved list of APS and sites for student use? Chances are students. Data privacy issues were a big part of the decision to approve or not approve a certain tool.
You can choose your classroom tech wisely, stick to tools designed with education in mind, especially if kids were going to sign up and create accounts. Products that commercialize student learning are not recommended.
When you bring new tech into your classroom, avoid tools that asks students to interpersonal information or share anything online and choose products that minimize and avoid unnecessary information collection.
Always provide information to parents about what tools you're using in the classroom.
Avoid APS games or websites that seem focused on advertising
and be cautious with tools that claim to be for education but are also aimed at consumers or the business world.
Are you not sure about technology Tool? Ask your administrator or someone from the school district's technology department. Many school districts have technology integration specialists or technology coaches whose job entails helping teacher you use the best tech tools for students.
Another good resource for parent and teacher reviews of online tools is common sense media. They have privacy evaluations for many of the most popular ed Tech tools that identify and explain some of the privacy risks in ways that are easy to understand.
In today's video, we discussed the Copa stains for the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and that it regulates the information that could be collected online from Children.
We learned that Copa protections cover Children under the age of 13
and we learned that educators have the responsibility to understand and follow Copa regulations, understand and follow their school district's policies in regards to technology adoption and avoid any online tools that collect student data, require parental consent or rely heavily on advertising.
In the next lesson, we will explore some additional federal regulations related to student data privacy. See you soon.