Informing parents

In order to protect the personal information of your students and comply with the Privacy Act, obtaining fully informed parental consent is essential when signing up students to on-line communities and tools.
DEECD has provided the following advice  http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/Pages/lolconsent.aspx

‘Posting and sharing information on-line about a person other than yourself, requires consent.
Consent must be fully informedfreely given, current and specific in how the information will be presented and to whom it will be presented.

Schools will require signed authority for any work, images or information posted on-line. School should understand that while consent can be freely given, it can also be withdrawn at any time. The school would then be required to remove the content/resource immediately.’

How does the school ‘fully inform’

It is important that you do everything in your power to keep parents informed of what you are doing and what technologies you are using.
Global2 is one of these communities.

Some ideas to help inform parents:

  • include information in the Acceptable User Agreement (AUA),
  • host all sites on the school website and include links to the information on the specific sites,
  • include information in the newsletter and parent information nights etc.

Adding a Global2 description to your Acceptable Use Agreement (AUA)

DEECD has developed a description of Global2 which could be included in a standard Acceptable Use Agreement

The aim is to inform your school community about Global2 and what options the school is intending. e.g class blogs, individual student blogs etc.
It is a great opportunity to describe what you are going to do with the blog e.g Portfolio, learning diary etc. and how parents are able to be involved.

About Global2

{INSERT SCHOOL NAME} uses a variety of digital technologies for teaching and learning. We acknowledge they must be used responsibly. We believe that learning cyber safe and responsible online practices are essential for students in a modern world and best taught in partnership between home and school. Safe, respectful and responsible behaviour is explicitly taught at our school and reflected in our Student Engagement Policy.

The purpose of this agreement is keep you informed about the technologies we are using, the learning purpose and how we deliver a duty of care.

One key space that we are using is Global2 http://global2.vic.edu.au/

Global2 is a blogging community developed specifically for schools. It has been developed and is managed by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria.

Our school uses a variety of web tools and resources to develop digital literacies and educate our students about the appropriate use of digital technologies. 
The class/ student’s blog will connect those technologies and enable opportunities to learn about managing and participating in social media. 

As a parent/guardian you will be able to see the school/ class/ your child’s blog. We encouraged you to get involved by posting comments and reinforce appropriate behaviours for working on-line. 
For your child to participate in this or any community we require your informed consent. If you would like more information about how the school intends to use Global2 please contact {Insert contact person’s name}

To join global2 we will use your child’s school email account and their first name and initial only.

The school’s use of Global2

(Choose the relevant option)

The school is setting up a class blog
As part of this community our school will set up and manage class blogs for (insert the class name/s) The teacher will control all posts. This blog will be

 Delete the option you are not using. Describe how students will be supported (Duty of care)

□ open to everyone on the internet □ password protected or □ restricted to the Global2 community
allowing

  • a genuine global audience and opportunities to work with other schools  in global projects
  • an understanding the importance of a positive online presence, and
  • the development of skills and knowledge to manage their technology.
allowing

  • only those with a password to see the class blog OR
  • access by other schools using global2. Often used for a specific project (describe the project and note there can be no parental access as parents can’t join Global2)

 

and/or the school is setting up individual blogs for students

As part of this community our school will set up and support students to manage their own individual blog using the students’ school email address.

Parents select the level of privacy for their child’s blog.

□ open on the internet  □ password protected or □ restricted to the Global2 community This is generally used for a specific project (describe the project and note there can be no parental access)

The more information you can provide to parents in as many different form the better.
The AUA also provides you an opportunity to describe how your school delivers its ‘Duty of Care’ to its students when working on-line and how you see this preparing them to be safe and responsible users of digital technologies in their lives.

 

 

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