Opinion: As a Incline parent, be careful what you’re signing up for
November 10, 2016
What can Incline High School parents can do to protect their students, their data and their future?
In his sworn testimony to the United States Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, one of the top data security experts in the country, Joel Reidenberg Esq., said the way free third party education software and applications companies (like the ones used at IHS) are paid is with student data instead of cash.
Watch the video: http://bit.ly/2aculVa.
Numerous media outlets including: The New York Times, Politico, Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Atlantic Journal-Constitution and American Thinker have written about how these third parties will collect, store and share student's personal data, in addition they will create profiles on students.
The experts have also said parents will never see the profiles created or how the profiles will affect their children's futures. Read more: http://bit.ly/2ffHDGr.
To protect your Incline High School (IHS) student's data and their future my suggestions are:
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1. Do not allow you IHS student to use a school issued 1:1 device.
2. Do not sign the IHS Consent Letter, especially the first letter that incorrectly stated that Microsoft and Edmodo and other third parties used at IHS will not be sharing your children's data, both parties will share your children's personal data with others.
3. Do not allow your student to create or log-in to any third party student school sanctioned software or application like: Edmodo, Microsoft 365, Google, ClassDojo, Nearpod etc. In my opinion, it is OK for students to search the web while at school as long as it is on their personal device and they do not log-in to any of the school sanctioned websites or applications.
4. Do not allow your high school student to use a school issued email address especially one that is linked to their student ID number. Instead, have your child use their personal email address to email their teachers.
The Incline High School administrators have made it clear the 1:1 Initiative was an instructional decision made by them and they do not want to fully vet the program with parents.
In addition, at least one high school teacher has admitted that prior to implementing the program, "there was no discussion or input from the faculty."
Therefore, it is up to you to protect your high school children, their data, and their future!
John Eppolito is an Incline Village resident and member of the group Protect Nevada Children. Email him at john@Jtahoe.com.