Student Privacy in the Era of Remote Learning

As schools scrambled to create remote learning plans and adjust to the new online reality, parents worried about the increased access to their children’s online data. An early summer survey of approximately 1,200 parents by the Center for Democracy and Technology found widespread worries about children’s online safety and privacy. But only 43 percent of parents said someone at their school had discussed student privacy with them. 

Join the Education Writers Association at 2 p.m. Eastern Wednesday, October 21 for embargoed access to a new Center for Democracy and Technology report on student privacy. The panel will also include a parent, who will share her firsthand experience navigating this process with her children.

With the school year well underway, privacy concerns have resurfaced: The Chicago Sun-Times, for instance, reported earlier this month that the Chicago Public Schools used software that enabled teachers to watch and listen to students’ homes through students’ cameras and microphones - without the students’ permission or knowledge.

The Center for Democracy and Technology’s new report looks at such confidentiality breaches. It also addresses how schools have trained teachers in privacy practices or communicated their safety plans to parents. In this webinar, you’ll be granted early access to the latest report and can ask on-the-record questions to flesh out your reporting on this important topic.


  • Beatriz Beckford, parent and national director, MomsRising 
  • Adam Burns, chief operations officer, Edge Research
  • Elizabeth Laird, senior fellow on student privacy, The Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Emily Tate,EdSurge (moderator)

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