Regional School Unit 40
Student Data Privacy and Digital Citizenship

Student Data Privacy

Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule 

COPPA imposes certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age, and on operators of other websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information online from a child under 13 years of age.
App and Software Privacy Information

RSU 40 is a Google Apps for Education District. The Google Apps for Education core services are the heart of Google’s educational offering to schools. The core services are Gmail, Calendar, Classroom, Contacts, Drive, Docs, Forms, Groups, Sheets, Sites, Slides, Talk/Hangouts and Vault. These services are provided under the Google Apps for Education agreement.
Schools can use Google Apps for Education (GAFE) core services in compliance with COPPA and FERPA. GAFE core services contain no advertising and do not use student data for advertising purposes.
More than 50 million students, teachers and administrators in almost every country in the world rely on GAFE to learn and work together.
Google Apps for Education Privacy and Security Informatio

Google Trust Info for Families
Google Family Safety Center

Other Family Resources for Online Safety and Data Security
Common Sense Media
Google Safety Center
American Academy of Pediatrics SafetyNet

Digital Citizenship

In our schools, teachers, administrators, tech staff, and guidance counselors provide information, support and guidance on the appropriate use of technology to students. However, parents are key in assisting their children in navigating the online world. As challenging as it may seem when faced with children who may seem to be more "computer savvy" then their parents, it is not the ability to use the functions of the technology where children may need parental expertise but in monitoring, guiding, and educating them of the meaning and consequences of their online behavior. As parents, it is second nature for us to tell our children to speak kindly and politely to others or to not get in cars with strangers and we have to transfer those parental skills and instincts to the monitoring of our children's online behaviors. 

In our middle and high school, students may take devices (ipads or computers) home to complete required work, which is the purpose, the only purpose for devices going home - to extend the learning opportunity for students. The devices do not belong to the students; they are the property of the State of Maine and/or RSU 40. Parents/Guardians must sign a permission form to allow devices to go home as parents/guardians are expected to take responsibility for monitoring the use of the device and this can be a large responsibility - but, it is also an opportunity while your student is under your guidance and care to give them skills and knowledge that will keep them safe when they graduate. Please use the resources from Common Sense Media to assist you and contact Linda Trenholm, RSU 40 Technology Director with any questions. 

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