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National Data Privacy Day


January 28 is Data Privacy Day (DPD), an annual effort promoting data privacy awareness and education. This year’s DPD events, sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), focus on how to Own Your Privacy.  The NCSA teaches users how to protect valuable data online, while encouraging businesses to Respect Privacy by protecting data they collect. 

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With the daily changes in technology, it can be difficult to teach students about Internet safety.  It is important that as you teach with more and more technology in the classroom, students know the correct way to use the resources to ensure their safety.  As more and more schools move toward 1 to 1 technology integration, it is crucial to help empower students to make safe, smart and ethical decisions online.

Social Media Do's and Don'ts for Teachers - Common Sense Education Infographic

Common Sense Media - Encouraging Digital Citizenship in 1:1 Environment

Tips for Protecting Student Data Privacy

Tips for Student Data Privacy infographic


Spotlight Resource!

Social and emotional learning competencies and mental well-being continue to be at the forefront of education.  Meaningful learning is more likely to happen when our students' minds are in the right place.  It is important that we continue to check in with our students to gauge their well-being and emotional state.  It is equally important that we connect our educational content to social and emotional learning competencies so we are helping students understand how to check in with themselves and how to self-regulate. Common Sense Media has curriculum that can be aligned or integrated into class lessons at all grade levels to help students promote their own well-being.  This content is also aligned with CASEL, which is the national organization for social and emotional learning.  Check out the curriculum below by grade level!

Edutopia Media Literacy/Digital Citizenship tools

Media Literacy | Edutopia

Find and share resources to help students learn to analyze, evaluate, and communicate in a world with countless media sources and constant access to powerful computers.

Check out the resources, lessons, toolkits, and more from Edutopia!  Materials cover topics from media literacy and technology integration to critical thinking and digital citizenship skills.

Lesson Plans 

Additional Curriculum and Tools


Digital Citizenship/Safety Course for teachers


Common Sense Media YouTube
Digital Citizenship resources and activities


Common Sense Media - Lessons in Action

Priv. Today, Pub. Tomorrow

Copyrights and Wrongs

Talking Safely Online

 For these and other lesson videos, visit Common Sense Media Video Library.

DOJ "Protect Kids Online" Podcast Series

Educator Training

Instructional Student Data Privacy Laws (what teachers should know)

Many school forms require personal and, sometimes, sensitive information… Your students' personal information is protected by law. Asking schools and other organizations to safeguard your students' information can help minimize their risk of identity theft. - Federal Trade Commission

Federal Privacy Laws:

  • US Department of Education:
  • Federal Trade Commission:
    • COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act)
  • US Department of Health & Human Services:
    • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act)

3 Privacy Laws teachers should be aware of (in simple terms from

  • FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds from the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.
  • PPRA is intended to protect the rights of parents and students in two ways:
    • It seeks to ensure that schools and contractors make instructional materials available for inspection by parents if those materials will be used in connection with an ED-funded survey, analysis, or evaluation in which their children participate; and
    • It seeks to ensure that schools and contractors obtain written parental consent before minor students are required to participate in any ED-funded survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals certain information.
  • COPPA is set to place parents in control over what information is collected from their young children online. COPPA was designed to protect children under age 13 while accounting for the dynamic nature of the Internet. The Rule applies to operators of commercial websites and online services (including mobile apps) directed to children under 13 that collect, use, or disclose personal information from children, and operators of general audience websites or online services with actual knowledge that they are collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under 13. The Rule also applies to websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information directly from users of another website or online service directed to children.

Wisconsin Data Privacy Links for Parents and Educators

How Much Do You Know About Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Your School District?

For questions about this information, contact Amanda Albrecht (608) 267-1071