1. Suzanne

    Yes! I often feel odd asking my students for their permission even though their parents signed our release form. I had to remind colleagues that individual permission is needed even if they have said yes previously. We must help our Ss learn about privacy rights and intellectual property rights

  2. Doug Baker

    I think this is a great reminder – often in the excitement of wanting to share the great things happening in a classroom, club, activity, school, etc. we forget this. And, as you address it is GREAT MODELING to ask permission first!

  3. Monica Dunn

    I’d like to take this thought one step further. My class and I had a discussion about a project that I wanted to display in the hall outside if our classroom. The students felt that that was too public a place to display their thinking on this particular assignment. They were OK with it being displayed in the classroom. Different levels of privacy expressed and honored. Permission is key go trust and respect!

  4. Dear George:
    When I first started working with Edmodo (2013) to connect with my students, (I was the only one at school and I still am/was: not SO allowed now), I sent a note home (in Spanish of course) explaining all about Edmodo, parent code, Code of Conduct, and also asking for permission to publish photos of the children. Why? I did so because I had the advantage of being a connected educator, mentored by leaders, international educators like you and some other of my favorite ones. The school has had a webpage for some years now in which pictures of students had already been posted, (my daughter, niece and nephew included) without asking for permission. I think they were not aware of this “permission” issue as everybody shares pictures on social media, online, etc, etc. Besides, I took some time to ask/talk to my Ss about the fact of using photos from Internet and Creative Commons: result: blank faces: they didn´t have a clue or just told me well, if it is for educational purposes…it is Ok. Hmmm….Then, when I talked to IT teachers they didn´t mind or just ignored me or what I said. So…you know the important thing is that for the past 2 years the school administration has been sending a note home asking for permission to use the children´s photos on the school “campus”, that is what it is called campus virtual. I am not criticising, it wouldn´t be ethical to do such a thing about colleagues or the place I work. I think it is all a question of knowledge and awareness, they or the IT or computing dept didn´t know much about this issue. Gladly, they do now!

  5. Cynthia Gordon

    When I take pictures of parents in the school at various volunteer events, I always ask permission before I post to social media. I think it makes them feel even more comfortable when we share pictures of their children knowing that we set a good example of respecting privacy.

  6. I think the challenge with this strategy is not in the classroom. The suggestions about talking with students about posting their work online or even where it goes in the building as one poster suggests are excellent. I think the conversation that will follow will benefit the students and the modeling is highly important. The challenge will be with the other professionals, e.g. marketing or admissions staff, who are always looking for the right picture for a Facebook post or a brochure, and are only focused on who they can and can’t use the pictures of based upon parental permission. Shifting their practice since most of them are non-educators may be harder.

  7. Mrs. Dorigo

    Very Montessori like. Students at the center. Sometimes we forget they are persons able to express themselves and their feelings. Furthermore when it involves them personally.

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