Have you ever done something backward and only realized it after things started to not work the way you thought they should have? Welcome to my world…I searched for a poster-making website for students that didn't require a student email for logging in, found a website that seemed engaging and user-friendly, and began making sample posters only to discover that some of my image searches within the website were yielding results ranging from not-so-academic to absolutely-not-appropriate! Only then did I realize that I was missing a step or two in my quest for a cool Web 2.0 tool.
COPPA, CIPA, and FERPA represent the student protection laws which teachers must uphold, but so many of us don’t understand the implications of what that means, particularly when using Web 2.0 tools (any website-based project on the Internet). So how do teachers navigate this world of legality?
Many sites can still be used with parental permission, but that makes it imperative to have permission or the use of that website with students means noncompliance with the law. While convenience suggests we send out a generic permission slip at the beginning of the school year asking parents for their blessing of any and all sites we should happen upon throughout the year, the law dictates that we garner permission for each specific website. Click here for a sample permission slip. Multiple websites can be listed on one permission slip, but permission slips must be specific (“We will be using Piktochart”) rather than general (“We will be using Web 2.0 tools”).
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