Giveaway-icon150x150.pngIn May, our Engage Community theme is Connected Community.  We know that in order to connect our students to communities that exist outside of their classrooms, schools, neighborhood and states, we must rely on digital media and digital tools to do that. We also know that there are certain age restrictions put on certain sites to protect our students.

For example, there are laws in place such as The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)  which is a “federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.” (US Dept of Ed)

There is also the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) which imposes certain “requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age, and on operators of other websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information online from a child under 13 years of age.”  (FCC)

And of course, we cannot forget about The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) which was created to address concerns about “children's access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet.” (FCC)

Stefanie H shared this great infographic about age requirements for students for certain web-based applications.  This post and infographic got me to think about the concept of compliance. When we choose different tools to connect to others or create and share projects with other students and teachers, are we checking to see if we are in compliance with all the laws, acts and regulations of a specific tool or application?  How do you check to make sure you are in compliance? What do you do to teach students to stay in compliance?

Participate in our Learning Pathways Thread between May 1, 2016 and July 1, 2016 to receive your Social Media Compliance Mission Badge worth 500 points.

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Note: This drawing will become active when we receive 10 responses from 10 different members. Click here to see all the fine print.

The Learning Pathway Mission Badge Title is Connected Compliance: May 2016

You must complete all the actions related to this Month’s Mission to receive the Mission Badge.

  • Reply to this thread and include all of the below items in your first post.
    • Describe what you and others are doing to promote a safe learning environment for your students
      • Include the examples of resources on how you stay in compliance and how you teach your students to do the same.
    • Deepen the conversation by responding to at least 3 people. Try to answer the below questions in your responses or generate new questions you may have.
      • Do you use social media to connect with other classrooms?
      • Which social media sites do you use?
      • What instructional tools do you use to connect that are in compliance for all students?
      • How do you address the issue of a 4th grade student turning in a project using Prezi which is geared toward students that are 13 or older?
      • What other compliance issues have you experienced.
        • Share some examples where you have had to deal with a compliance issue. How did you resolve it?