STUDENTS: Practice digital self-defense and understand school policies
• Never use school-controlled devices for personal communications, including social media.
If you do, be aware that your school might reserve the right to monitor them.
• Always cover webcams when not in use—you can use a post-it note in a pinch.
• Ask your school to disable any location tracking or network monitoring software on your device.
• Ask administrators for the privacy policies for any software your school offers or requires you use.
• Take note of whether the policies allow school officials to keep track of which websites you visit, and if they
allow the school to share your private information with companies.
• Request a copy of your student records, so you can see what personal information school
officials—and potentially private companies—have access to.
PARENTS: Ask school administrators for basic transparency; policy and technology details to look for
• What are the privacy policies for student email, computer, and/or tablet use?
• What software is installed on school-controlled technologies my child uses? Who can access data under what
• Do you have policies about how student information is shared with third parties? Can we opt out of some disclo-
sures? If so, how?
• Does the school have policies about who can see surveillance camera footage and in what
• What is the school’s policy for contacting police to conduct searches or administer discipline?