Privacy Issues Surrounding 1:1 Devices (aka STAT)

Here is a comment sent to the blog about the privacy issues surrounding 1:1 devices.

In my opinion the worst aspect of 1:1 devices is the student data mining. It appears third parties & software companies collect, store, analyze, and probably share, data about our children gleaned from their use of 1:1 devices. Why aren’t you all discussing this? A couple articles to consider below. 

Politico – The big biz of spying on little kids
“Students shed streams of data about their academic progress, work habits, learning styles and personal interests as they navigate educational websites. All that data has potential commercial value: It could be used to target ads to the kids and their families, OR TO BUILD PROFILES ON THEM THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST TO EMPLOYERS, MILITARY RECRUITERS OR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS OFFICERS.” Emphasis added

New York Times – Tools for Tailored Learning May Expose Students Personal Details
“These apps and sites represent a small but growing segment of the overall market for prekindergarten through 12th-grade education software. But already, the data collection has raised concerns among lawmakers and parents about whether school districts are equipped to monitor and manage how schools and online education services safeguard students’ personal details.”
“As schools themselves increasingly analyze socioeconomic, behavioral and emotional data about students, some parents are more troubled by the possibility that the data could be used in making decisions that are damaging to their children, POTENTIALLY AFFECTING THEIR COLLEGE OR JOB PROSPECTS.” Emphasis added

American Thinker – Common Core: Who’s Watching the Kids?

  •  “Children may be playing interactive educational games, doing interactive assignments, and writing stories that can be easily shared with the teacher and other students. These seemingly harmless activities are in fact being used to collect personal and private information without the parents’ consent or knowledge.”
  • “Could that educational game be used to measure your child’s mental state? Could those interactive assignments involve morally ambiguous questions that can be used to create a psychological profile of your child? Could that shared story be used to predict violent behavior?”
  • “Maybe you think ‘predicting future violent behavior’ is a step in the right direction. What if your kid is flagged because he did something that most of us did growing up, such as draw a picture of a gun?”
  • “So who will be watching and analyzing our kids?”
  • “This data will be stored forever, and parents will have very, very limited access to it, if any at all.”  Emphasis added


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