Trends | Protecting Student Privacy

CREDIT CoSN Protecting PrivacyAs school rolls forward nationwide, CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) just released a new resource for school leaders to help them smartly discuss the critical issue of student privacy. The infographic explains to parents and guardians of students about school privacy practices and why they are needed. This is the newest tool from CoSN’s Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative. “Collecting student information and data is a bit unsettling for parents and guardians,” says Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “But these rising concerns make it essential that school leaders clearly articulate their student information and data practices. And, as importantly, tell them why these practices make a positive difference,” he says. “This resource will help superintendents, administrators and teachers demonstrate their commitment to delivering a safe, transformational educational experience for students.” Available in English and English/Spanish, the infographic answers the following key questions:

-What data are collected and why?

-How do education data support student success and school improvement?

-How are education data protected?

Customizable for the school or district, it allows school leaders to include specific information about a local situation. The infographic also points audiences to other sources of information about the legal rights of parents and guardians. “Privacy of student data is one of those issues that begs for straightforward and clear explanation. Too often, misinformation creates concerns that are easily eased when parents fully understand how their child’s data are protected,” adds Rich Bagin, APR, Executive Director, NSPRA. Check it out.

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