Author name: Morgan Sexton, Katherine Kalpos, and Amelia Vance

Comparing Definitions of “Social Media Platform” in KOSMA

Comparing Definitions of “Social Media Platform” in KOSMA The Kids Off Social Media Act (KOSMA),* introduced on May 1st, is a bipartisan bill that combines Senator Schatz’s Protecting Kids on Social Media Act and Senator Cruz’s Eyes on the Board Act. According to the press release, KOSMA aims to: “Prohibit children under the age of 13 from creating or maintaining social media accounts, consistent with the current stated policies of major social media companies; Prohibit social media companies from pushing targeted content using algorithms to users under the age of 17; Provide the FTC and state attorneys general authority to […]

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House Improves KOSA, but Major Problems Persist for Schools

House Improves KOSA, but Major Problems Persist for Schools May 2024 Katherine Kalpos, Morgan Sexton, and Amelia Vance       CC BY-NC 4.0 Introduction On April 9, 2024, Representative Bilirakis released the text of the House version of Senator Blumenthal’s Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA). The bill, which is fundamentally based on valuable goals and principles, includes many positive revisions to better align with KOSA’s underlying goal to protect kids online. However, concerns remain that it may create major unintended consequences for schools. In particular, KOSA may limit the ability of schools to effectively implement edtech into instruction and

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Comparing Requirements for Schools Under E-Rate & KOSMA

Comparing Requirements for Schools Under E-Rate & KOSMA The Kids Off Social Media Act (KOSMA), introduced on May 1st, is a bipartisan bill that combines Senator Schatz’s Protecting Kids on Social Media Act and Senator Cruz’s Eyes on the Board Act. According to the press release, KOSMA aims to: “Prohibit children under the age of 13 from creating or maintaining social media accounts, consistent with the current stated policies of major social media companies; Prohibit social media companies from pushing targeted content using algorithms to users under the age of 17; Provide the FTC and state attorneys general authority to

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Recommended Resources: State Laws

Recommended Resources State Laws April 2024 Jessica Arciniega, Katherine Kalpos, Morgan Sexton, and Amelia Vance       CC BY-NC 4.0 Introduction With an abundance of exceptional resources and training programs out there, brushing up on federal child and student privacy laws like FERPA and COPPA has never been more accessible. And while mastery of these is crucial, it’s just the beginning. Since 2014, legislators across the states have passed over 140 new child and student privacy laws. Diving deep into the specific provisions of state legislation is no longer a bonus–it is essential. We’ve pulled together our top resources

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Recommended Resources: The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Recommended Resources The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) April 2024 Jessica Arciniega, Katherine Kalpos, Morgan Sexton, and Amelia Vance       CC BY-NC 4.0 Introduction It’s time to revisit your COPPA knowledge! In January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to update the COPPA Rule that would mean big changes for companies and schools, codifying some of the changes stakeholders have been advocating for. To equip you with the necessary tools to decode and navigate potential changes in the NPRM, we’ve handpicked our top 5 resources on COPPA and how it applies

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Recommended Resources: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Recommended Resources The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) April 2024 Jessica Arciniega, Katherine Kalpos, Morgan Sexton, and Amelia Vance       CC BY-NC 4.0 Introduction This year marks a major milestone in advocating for child and student privacy–FERPA is celebrating its 50th anniversary! As this pivotal act turns 50, rumors are picking up again that new FERPA regulations may soon be on the horizon. As calls to modernize FERPA get louder, we’ve been meticulously crafting our upcoming series: Fixing FERPA. This series isn’t just about paying homage; it’s meant to start a broader discussion about how a

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Tis the Season for Rulemaking: FTC Announces New COPPA NPRM

Tis the Season for Rulemaking: FTC Announces New COPPA NPRM December 20, 2023 Katherine Kalpos, Morgan Sexton, and Amelia Vance       CC BY-NC 4.0 Hello all, While we might have thought child and student privacy work for the year was winding down, the FTC had other ideas. Today the FTC released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA Rule) that would mean big changes for companies and schools, codifying some of the changes stakeholders have been advocating for. We’ll be going through the NPRM in detail over the next few days.

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A Privacy Protective Path to Using Technology in Schools: Parental Consent is Not a Panacea

Parental Consent is Not a Panacea: A Privacy Protective Path to Using Technology in Schools December 2023 Katherine Kalpos, Morgan Sexton, and Amelia Vance       CC BY-NC 4.0 Introduction Data collection, use, and sharing are everywhere–and classrooms are no exception. Schools increasingly use a wide array of technologies for many different reasons, ranging from promoting student learning and success, to making data-informed decisions, and also operationalizing administrative tasks. When harnessed correctly with appropriate privacy protections in place, technology in schools can enhance teaching and learning in powerful ways. But there are also serious privacy risks to introducing technology

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Practical Considerations for AI & Integrated Data Systems: Implicit Bias

Practical Considerations for AI & Integrated Data Systems: Implicit Bias November 6, 2023 Morgan Sexton, Katherine Kalpos, and Amelia Vance There has been lots of hype recently around artificial intelligence (AI), including its magical promises and potential risks. While it may be tempting to get swept up in the potential around AI and incorporate it into Integrated Data Systems (IDSs) right away, it is crucial to understand that AI is only as good as the information fed into it and the soundness of the algorithms that it relies on. Additionally, the implementation of AI into IDSs can create significant ethical

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What New Amendment to the Kids Online Safety Act May Mean for Integrated Data Systems

What New Amendment to the Kids Online Safety Act May Mean for Integrated Data Systems September 2023 Katherine Kalpos, Morgan Sexton, and Amelia Vance       CC BY-NC 4.0 A new amendment to the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) isn’t just about kids.  On July 27th, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed KOSA as amended out of committee. While KOSA is designed to protect kids online, one of its new amendments – the Filter Bubble Transparency Act (aka Thune 2), hereafter referred to as “the amendment” – regulates platforms providing content to users of all ages. And notably for governmental integrated data system

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