Schools Reduce Children to Unprotected Data Points During COVID-19
By Anne Taylor
Technology is abound, convenient and part of our everyday world; however, it is very clear there is limited transparency and protections for children (minors) who are increasingly forced to be exposed to the internet – and – at an earlier and earlier age.
For those that have ‘little’s’ at home (elementary school age, for example) – and regardless of whether your child is in public, charter or private school – we are curious how this will affect your child and your school.
Do you have concerns that kids are going on-line simultaneously within our state, our country and globally? Have YOU been asked for your consent by your district? Your school?
Our work at MACC has endured seven years of research and six years of work at the Capitol and are followed by other state education watchdog groups around the country – NOT EASY AS WE ARE NOT PAID LOBBYISTS AND HAVE REGULAR JOBS AND FAMILIES JUST LIKE YOU!
The highlight of our efforts not only include that of Common Core, Federal and International education initiatives, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), standardized testing and parental rights for ALL schools, but also the vast information that is being collected and used on minors for profit and exploitation.
BIG TECH-EDUCATION DATA wants to own our kids’ personal information which is a digital representation of the child.
Maybe your school already implements iPads or Chrome books? Regardless, the move is to now force technology for 7 hours a day or more into your home, through the schools and without a second thought in a time of utter panic.
What could possibly go wrong?
Whether you have concerns or not, there ARE protocols that need to be put in place and ones that make families feel secure and assured that THEIR child’s privacy is protected!
An example you can follow for your own child’s protection is refusing to have your child’s face/photo/voice utilized or recorded through Google or ANY digital platform at the school.
Many of you are already aware of the push for “personalized learning” and its opportunity for child pedophilia utilized through the internet, particularly though EBSCO and YouTube as well as other apps.
It goes without saying many of these apps and educational platforms ARE collecting your child’s information and without you ever being aware of it and re-shared on other platforms for profit. Did you, the parent, give consent?
GOVERNMENT sells your children’s data for investment purposes as Human Capital Bonds (HuCAP) within the Federal Reserve System for those on government assistance of any kind, even the Parent Aware system. Were you given consent?
As with ANY data platform taking place, below are basic questions you should be asking your school:
- What data protections are in place for the student?
- What are (insert your school) digital policies?
- What are the school’s protocols if a data breach were to take place?
- Does the school have a recommended digital guideline in place for parents? Their child? Is there one appropriate for EACH grade?
Also, for parents who DO plan to utilize technology, have you considered the safety of all when utilizing your home or office business computer for your child’s work? Folks, this is for the protection of both YOU and YOUR CHILD!
Finally, we realize teachers are working so very, very hard! It is an incredibly sad scenario that our teachers are being reduced to on-line facilitators. Do not blame your child’s teacher! There ARE alternatives available.
This IS the time where your superintendents, school principals and leaders need to answer some very serious questions by implementing reasonable protocols to help protect YOUR child’s right to privacy!