What is parental consent?
Parental consent laws require that one or more parents (or legal guardians) consent to or are notified before their minor child can legally engage in certain activities. In the edtech field, for teachers, this means having proven parental consent before students provide any personal identifiable information to third parties - for instance, Edpuzzle.
The fact that in our platform teachers cannot invite students to their classrooms without confirming parental consent, combined with the impossibility to create a student account without a unique class code or link, ensures that we do not collect any data we are not allowed to.
Where do I get it from?
Contacting your IT admin - or any role in your school familiar with Data Protection - should be the very first step; fortunately, many schools and districts have agreements in place with parents that consent sharing child's data with third parties - what is commonly referred to as "school consent" -for educational purposes only.
If you are not part of a school or in the unlikely event that your school won't take care of parental consent, you should be requesting it for EVERY student that you would be bringing into Edpuzzle.
Do I need it?
Parental consent applies to different age ranges depending on the governing laws:
- USA: minors under 13, according to COPPA
- Canada: minors under 13, according to PIPEDA
- Europe: varying age limit, depending on the Member State, according to GDPR.
- Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Romania and Slovakia; minors under 16
- France, Czech Republic, Greece and Slovenia: minors under 15
- Austria, Bulgaria and Cyprus: minors under 14
- Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden andUK: minors under 13.
If you are not and are not planning to use Edpuzzle with students in these age ranges, you can simply select "I don't need parental consent" when you are asked to.