This article summarizes a recent survey of IT professionals in k-12 schools. Even before COVID-19, there were major concerns about funding, diversity, and staffing. COVID-19 has exasperated already limited resources. Without adequate cybersecurity protections, students’ privacy is at a higher risk.
This article describes the efforts by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to begin a review of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The senators wrote a letter to the FTC urging it to use its authority found under 6(b) of the FTC Act to develop an understanding of industry practices related to collecting of information from children.
This article, co-authored by the executive board of the Western Massachusetts Writing Project, documents some of the disparities that are magnified by COVID-19 forced distance education for K-12 students. “We urge teachers to be thoughtful in the kinds of technology platforms they choose for their students, to not trade ease of use for student privacy in the rush to get online…”