The SOPIPA recently became law in California but many district leaders are unsure of its existence or how to respond. Based on your experience, what steps would you put into place in the school or district you are studying? What advice would you give to the leadership team based on your analysis?
I really like westerns. I think they are fun. My dad and I would watch them when I was younger. The bad guys run rampant throughout the town, and finally the good and honorable hero comes in to save the day. Then he rides his horse off into the sunset. My favorite is “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance.” Nothing is better than Jimmy Stewart swooshing in to save the day, then talk about how he really didn’t do it. This makes me wonder how often our “hero’s” are truly responsible for what they are doing. Hang in there, I’m syllogistically coming to the point.
I am not going to bash anyone, especially my tech department. They do incredible work, and often are verbally beaten up by teachers and the general public. After reading the article on SOPIPA, I realize that we are still working in the Wild Wild West. The teachers I work with have no idea about SOPIPA, or CIPPA, or COPA. Neither does our schools Tech TOSA.
This isn’t the fault of anyone. Communication within the tech realm is difficult because things change frequently. Prezi, for example, consistently changes their TOS from 13 to 18 years old, and then back to 13 again. It is a fluid situation, and teachers need to be careful to check TOS before each instance a student may use that particular tool.
SOPIPA puts the onus of protecting student privacy directly onto the tech companies themselves. This is unique. Districts need to begin working on and developing plans to educate teachers about SOPIPA, and based on my experience, CIPPA and COPA as well. Many teachers will most probably feel bad that they have been breaking the law for so long, and hesitant to change direction quickly, but it is necessary. The Tech department needs to be the hero’s to come in and change the district's internet wild wild west, into something that is viably compliant with current laws, and stay on top of potential new ones. Since the technology is constantly changing, they won’t be able to come in and then ride off into the sunset, the sun never sets on the internet.
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(2003). The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) - IMDb. Retrieved February 28, 2016, from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056217/.