Privacy plays major role in new federal government guidance on transgender student rights

May 16, 2016 | Kobie Pruitt

Privacy plays major role in new federal government guidance on transgender student rights

Recently, the Department of Justice and the state of North Carolina have filed counter-suits regarding the state’s so called “bathroom bill.” The North Carolina “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act” requires students to use public restrooms that correspond with their sex assigned at birth and not with the gender with which they identify. On Friday, […]

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Student Privacy Goes to College

May 11, 2016 | Kobie Pruitt

Student Privacy Goes to College

Yesterday, I attended the 5th annual Higher Education Privacy Conference at George Washington University with experts and data advocates from across the country to discuss student privacy and information management in higher education. The event was hosted by Daniel Solove, a research professor at George Washington University School of Law, and Tracy Mitrano a principal of […]

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Learning from Student Data

May 10, 2016 | Kobie Pruitt

Learning from Student Data

Just as adults’ personal lives and data increasingly inhabiting online spaces, so are students. While this shift brings many benefits and the possibility of learning tailored to individual students’ needs, it is also brings new challenges. Students create an electronic trail of information that creates an obvious concern: How can they enjoy the better learning […]

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Kids on privacy

May 10, 2016

Kids on privacy

My 9 year old takes better selfies than anyone I know, my 12 year old talks in “hashtag speak”, and my 3 year old swipes at every screen he sees….for most kids and tweens, technology and social media in particular is an integral part of their lives. In discussions around social media and digital citizenship […]

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iKeepSafe SOPIPA Badge

May 5, 2016

iKeepSafe SOPIPA Badge

iKeepSafe has made available a new SOPIPA badge for education service providers to help them communicate to schools, parents and other stakeholders that they are responsible with student data and are complying with the laws that govern student privacy.

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Future of Privacy Forum Featured in NASBE’s May Issue of the Standard

May 5, 2016

Future of Privacy Forum Featured in NASBE’s May Issue of the Standard

The Future of Privacy Forum along with other student data privacy advocates were featured in the May issue of the National Association of State Boards of Education’s editorial the Standard. The May edition, called “The Power of Data” features articles that discuss school data use and student privacy.

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Can we teach our kids how to “share” in the social media sandbox?

April 29, 2016

Can we teach our kids how to “share” in the social media sandbox?

More than half of teens go online several times a day. Some of us could argue that our kids never go “offline” as approximately ¾ of American teens say they have access to a smartphone. Not surprisingly 71% of teens use more than one social network site, defining teens as kids between 13-17 years old. […]

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Playing in the Social Media Sandbox

April 22, 2016

Playing in the Social Media Sandbox

A few weeks ago, I received an email from my kid’s school. It was a letter from the Principal talking about social media use and tips for creating a safe environment for students. It’s middle school, my kid has a smartphone and continually begs for a YouTube, Instagram and Twitter account…..hence my interest in the […]

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