COPPA: What is it?

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When considering what elements of student data to keep private, COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) is a great place to state.  This is a federal law that governs which types of information may be collected from children under the age of 13 by companies operating websites and mobile applications. School districts are authorized to provide consent on the behalf of parents and may approve a student's use of an educational program.  

Although school districts may authorize such use, informing parents of the programs used as well as providing a list of such educational programs on the school or district website are recommended best practices.  When considering which web-based educational programs to use with students, staff need to be trained to review the terms of use in order to determine which types of data are collected by the third-party operator.  In addition, districts should have COPPA policies outlined in their board policy. 

Explore the resources to learn more about COPPA.   

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