Due to the increase in cyber identity theft and Internet criminal activity, more people are choosing to use programs that have settings for security and privacy. This is especially true when the content of information being exchanged revolves around children. The ClassDojo app was recently featured in an online article that discussed the importance of protecting the privacy of information associated with students. This application provides privacy settings that comply with the Child Online Privacy Act as well as with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Although the ClassDojo app was designed to create ground-up change as an educational communication platform for students, teachers and parents, it has never required the exchange of personal information. Student information such as gender, social security number, street address, email or student ID is never collected by the ClassDojo app. In addition, it does not share information with third party systems or social media sites. Since this application is currently used in more than 180 countries, the steps taken to ensure privacy have included compliance with agencies outside the U.S. such as Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
The team behind the ClassDojo app take the aspect of privacy very seriously. As a method through which educators could create positive cultures between classrooms, schools and communities, they take every measure to ensure all information remains private. Part of this is accomplished through an automated feature built into the app itself, which deletes any stored information every 12 months. This is in compliance with the educational policy that personal information pertaining to students, which is not required to be kept by the school, is removed.
The privacy practices put in place through the ClassDojo app and its team, allows for peace of mind when sharing information. This is an important aspect since the app itself was designed to help make better connections between parents, teachers and students by allowing them to share classroom stories, photos and even videos. The empowerment the app has brought to educators in the classroom has only been enriched by the control the app and its developers have put into place.