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Avoid the Cyber-Scaries! Part 3: Protect Student Data Privacy

Avoid the Cyber-Scaries! Part 3: Protect Student Data Privacy

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Avoid the Cyber-Scaries! Part 3: Protect Student Data Privacy

The new, sad reality is that student data is a treasure trove for hackers. They can take a student’s social security number and other personal information and turn it into a fast payday with identity thieves. But! Their levels of success can be greatly reduced if precautions are taken. Here is part three of our Avoid the Cyber-Scaries blog series, “Protect Student Data Privacy.”

Look for the “S,” or You Could Be Stressed

One little letter can make all the difference. A simple way to ensure they are, however, is to look for the “s” in the URL. One little letter can make all the difference. Always look for the “s” in the URL (https). Having this in the URL indicates the website is encrypted and most likely much more secure than if not. This is super critical for websites that require a login or personal information.

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Sometimes Caring is NOT Sharing

Facebook, Google, and countless other apps and software have privacy preferences you can set and edit. Take the time to educate your students and patrons on both how they can do this and why they absolutely should. We suggest focusing on the major social apps they are using. Here is a handy guide you can use to get the ball rolling.

Trust, But Verify…What’s Happening On Your School Devices

The influx of devices in the classroom has opened the floodgates to a plethora of online applications and tools. While many are helpful, some can pose a risk to a school district’s student data privacy policies. Unfortunately, your students and staff may not always know what they shouldn’t be downloading to district devices. Invest in a data analytics platform that gives you visibility into the activities on your school devices.

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Buy Magnifying Glass, Read Privacy Policy

First, if it doesn’t have a privacy policy, don’t use it. Next, if it does, take the time to carefully read it. Lastly, understand which online technologies are currently in use in your district. Review the policy of each application at least once annually to ensure compliance with COPPA, FERPA, and state and local privacy laws. What is a good policy? Here are a few things to look for:

  • What data will be collected?
  • What is done with that data? Is it for continuous product improvement? Will it be sold to third parties?
  • How do they keep you safe? What are their current, iron-clad security protocols?

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Brad White is a communications professional and digital marketer at ENA. A former seventh grade language arts teacher, he has a passion for engaging and serving the educational community.
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