Online Safety Recommendations for Parents
Technology can be a very powerful and helpful learning tool for our students, especially during this unprecedented time of distance learning. We wanted to share with you some tips on keeping your students safe while online, especially in regards to live streaming, as many of your children are participating in Google Meets and Zoom instruction.
These technology tools offer the ability for your student to remain connected to their teacher(s) and classmates, actually seeing their faces, participating in live discussions, and much more. Teachers will invite students to join meetings through students’ school Gmail or Google Calendar. Students should be checking their school email daily.
When students are using technology, please make sure to be monitoring their activities closely. Now that students are accessing these tools to communicate with their teachers and classmates in a learning environment, it is important for them to understand the appropriate use of such technology outside the classroom. Remind students not to accept invitations to communicate with anyone they do not know and do not give out their personal information when online.
Tips for Keeping Kids Safe Online
Thank you so much for all you are doing to support your student at home! Ukiah Unified is committed to educating students through this period of distance learning. Please make sure and contact your student’s school site if you need support. You can also call the UUSD Remote Learning Hotline at 707.472.5003.
Important Parent Notifications for Distance Learning
In order for the District to continue to provide your students with the most effective tools to enhance their learning, school administrators and teachers may use educational web-based services and applications. Many of the Terms of Service and/or Privacy Policies of these applications state that, due to Federal Law, any users under the age of 13 must obtain parental permission to use their sites and often require an email address or other personally-identifying information. Our web-based learning will be operated not by the District, but by third parties, such as ZOOM. In addition, some of the applications used are ClassDojo, YouTube, Google Meet, etc.
For our students to use these programs and services, certain personal identifying information such as the student’s name and registered IDs must be provided to the web site operator, in this case, school administrators and teachers and ZOOM. Under federal law entitled the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), these websites and the District must provide parental notification and obtain parental consent before collecting personal information (photo/audio/video recordings) from children under the age of 13. For more information on COPPA, please visit https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/
The law (COPPA) permits the District to consent to the collection of personal information on behalf of all of its students, thereby eliminating the need for individual parental consent given directly to the web site operator (i.e. ZOOM, Google Meet, Etc.).
If you have questions or concerns about your student participating in programs such as ZOOM, please contact your school site principal.