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Kids privacy concerns over school from home point to opportunity

Let’s talk privacy… today, children’s privacy and rules.    Axios is reporting discussions with experts in how the shift to online schooling is damaging kids online privacy.    Without training and investment, the protections aren’t there.

  • A 2018 survey from Common Sense Media found only 25% of teachers who participated in professional development on ed tech got trained in student data privacy requirements.

This on top of the fact that ed tech is generally considered much more poorly versus consumer technologies.

Scroll down on the article shared, and the one below reinforces how poorly this is going: 59% of teens felt that online school is worse than traditional learning, with 19% describing it as “much worse.”

And from MSSP Alert:  The Age Appropriate Design Code created by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office, came into force on September 2, 2020, with a 12-month transition period for online services to conform to the code.

The code sets out the standards that online services must meet in order to protect children’s privacy.

Why do we care?

I’m continuing to be convinced there is opportunity in education that’s being exposed by the failures of school from home.   

I’m also noting the fact the UK has moved on new standards.  The US is bound by 1998’s Children’s Online Protection and Privacy Act, and only covers children up to age 13 – and does not tell schools what do.

So schools need advice, they need technology, they need more bandwidth… sounds all like services providers opportunities.  That does require funding, however – so think about it not only from the perspective of accessing existing funding, but how funding should be increased.     That’s the line with politics.

Source: Axios

Source: MSSP Alert