From a Missouri parent:
Privacy…I don’t think it means what I thought it meant.My daughter came home from school the other day with two papers. One was the form with lines for student and parent signature for my daughter to use the technology at the school. I had seen this paper in previous years, but this time I think I’m more awake. I read the parental form and it there was this line: “I understand that my child’s or ward’s technology usage is NOT PRIVATE…” Needless to say, I didn’t sign the form.
My next experience with the technology use agreement was when I attended parent conference for my son with special needs. The teacher told me my son had been working on his assignments on the computers at school. Red flag. I didn’t sign his Technology Use Agreement, either. I came home and looked at the papers my daughter had brought home. What I took the time to read was the five page copyrighted MSBA Technology Use and Safety paper that reads in the first paragraph,
NO student will be given access to the district’s technology resources until the district receives a User Agreement signed by the student and the student’s parents,
So far, so good. Then it goes on to state:
Students who do not have a User Agreement on file with the district MAY BE GRANTED PERMISSION to use district technology BY the SUPERINTENDENT or DESIGNEE.
Beware! What that means is that despite my not granting permission, SOMEONE ELSE CAN (see images of these documents below). That would explain how my son could be on the computers at the school.
Student privacy should be of most importance to schools and parents. Their information should not be vulnerable like it was in California, where a school sold student data for cash.