online classes virtual learning student BARTLETT, ILLINOIS - MAY 01: Seven-year-old Hamza Haqqani, a 2nd grade student at Al-Huda Academy, uses a computer to participate in an E-learning class with his teacher and classmates while at his home on May 01, 2020 in Bartlett, Illinois. Al-Huda Academy, an Islam based private school that teaches pre-school through the 6th grade students, has had to adopt an E-learning program to finish the school year after all schools in the state were forced to cancel classes in an attempt to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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The coronavirus pandemic hit fast and hard this spring, and just as quickly, schools across the United States were forced to switch to virtual learning.

While Zoom classes and other online tools provided a valuable lifeline to keep students connected and provide some relief for parents, they also immediately sparked privacy concerns, like Zoom-bombing, unwitting data sharing, and creepy digital test proctoring.

“When schools were shut down in March when the pandemic and the lockdown started, I think we were in survival mode,” Cheri Kiesecker, co-chair of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy, told Business Insider.

“Unless school districts really had privacy on their radar ahead of time, it was: ‘How do we keep students connected?’ And, ‘we’ll worry about the privacy issues later,'” she said.

With the new school year in full swing, many schools still haven’t dealt with those issues. Now, they’re mutating in unexpected and even more serious ways.

Last month, Colorado school officials called the police on — and then suspended — a 12-year-old Black student after he showed a toy gun during his Zoom class. A Florida teacher also pleaded with parents to “have on proper clothing” and avoid “appearing with big joints” after …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Life


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