Align your school and district’s digital learning to regulations and best practices for keeping students safe.
Schools must ensure they are aligning to all federal, state, and local laws regarding student technology use and the collection of digital data. A number of federal regulations guide student privacy and security. These include the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). District and school leadership should familiarize themselves with these laws and share pertinent information with their staff in order to remain in compliance and confirm digital technology is used safely.
Accomplishing this requires a combination of technology systems and policies for appropriate behaviors, as well as age-appropriate lessons for students. Schools will want to have the following systems and practices in place:
Whenever students are in a digital learning environment, it is important to educate them about how to engage with technology in a safe and appropriate way. Digital citizenship lessons should start before students begin digital learning and continue on an ongoing basis, especially as students are introduced to new tools. To promote digital citizenship:
Legal Regulations and Technology Systems for Student Privacy
Acceptable Use Policies