This web site supports Dr. Russell Sabella's work on educating children, parents, educators and other stake holders about the responsible use of technology. Included in these pages you will find helpful resources, lesson plans, links, and more.
I am not a robot. 🤖 If you want me to prove it, I can select all
of the pictures of stoplights. (Does just the pole count?!?) Not being a
robot means I have valuable, personal data that companies crave. That's
concerning enough, but kids' data is also vacuumed up, aggregated, and
sold. That not only makes them a commodity, but also impacts their digital footprints—and can put them at risk.
If I were still in the classroom and not steeped in the world
of kids' digital media, would I be thinking about data privacy on the
daily? Probably not. And yet it's an acute issue: Kids are using digital
products every day that allow them to easily lie about their ages.
Lying lets them get around the laws that set the seemingly arbitrary age
of 13 as the gateway to legal data collection.
But between FERPA and GDPR, COPPA (cabana?) and others, it
can be hard to feel like you have a handle on how to best protect kids'
You don't have to stop there: Use our checklist
to make sure you're keeping your students' data—and your own—safe. ✅
And, of course, we want kids to be mindful of their own online privacy
and security, especially as generative AI (literally) enters the chat!