Student Privacy in the Era of Remote Learning


As schools scrambled to create remote learning plans and adjust to the new online reality, parents worried about the increased access to their children’s online data. An early summer survey of approximately 1,200 parents by the Center for Democracy and Technology found widespread worries about children’s online safety and privacy. But only 43 percent of parents said someone at their school had discussed student privacy with them.

With the school year well underway, privacy concerns have resurfaced: The Chicago Sun-Times, for instance, reported earlier this month that the Chicago Public Schools used software that enabled teachers to watch and listen to students’ homes through students’ cameras and microphones – without the students’ permission or knowledge.

In this webinar, the Center for Democracy and Technology provides journalists with early access to a new report that looks at such confidentiality breaches. It also addresses how schools have trained teachers in privacy practices or communicated their safety plans to parents. The panel also includes a parent, who shares her firsthand experience navigating this process with her children.

This webinar was presented on October 21, 2020.

CDT Report: Protecting Students’ Privacy & Advancing Digital Equity