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Comparing Provisions in KOSMA and KOSA

Comparing Provisions in KOSMA and KOSA The Kids Off Social Media Act (KOSMA) and the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) are progressing through Congress, both with the shared objective of protecting children online. KOSA attempts to achieve this goal with broad requirements that are aimed at making the platforms minors use safer. KOSMA, on the other hand, aims to protect children from social media in two main ways: Prohibiting minors under age 13 from creating or maintaining social media accounts Prohibiting social media companies from targeted content to to minors using algorithms Requiring schools to block and filter social media […]

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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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K-12 Privacy Policy Guide: How to Quickly Spot Red Flags

The K-12 Privacy Policy Guide How to Quickly Spot Red Flags April 2024 Jessica Arciniega, Morgan Sexton, and Amelia Vance       CC BY-NC 4.0 Download the PDF Introduction Using technology in classrooms can transform the learning experience and provide immense benefits for both students and educators. But before it’s used, it is imperative to ensure that our students’ information and privacy are protected. One of the main steps to doing that is reviewing an app’s privacy policy before requesting approval to use it with your students. We understand that deciphering a privacy policy can be a hard task–privacy

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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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FERPA Exemptions

FERPA Exemptions While FERPA is renowned for its robust privacy protections for student data, it’s easy to overlook the flip side of the coin: the student data that falls outside of FERPA’s protections. Understanding the scope of FERPA’s protections is crucial for navigating the nuances of student privacy today, especially since the line between student data that is and is not covered is not always intuitive. To help illustrate what student data is not protected under FERPA, we’ve created the following table explaining the FERPA exemptions with clear descriptions and real-world examples.   FERPA Exempt Description Example De-Identified Records and

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FERPA Exceptions

FERPA Exceptions FERPA typically requires consent prior to disclosing any student personally identifiable information (PII) from education records. Nevertheless, FERPA includes several exceptions that allow for certain sharing without consent while still ensuring that the necessary safeguards are in place to protect the privacy of student data. To make understanding these exceptions a little easier, we have put together the following table that details every exception in FERPA–offering clear and concise explanations, criteria for when they may be applicable, and tangible examples that shed light on their practical application.   FERPA Exceptions Description Example School Official (34 CFR 99.31(a)(1) and

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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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