What is parental consent?
Parental consent laws require that one or more parents (or legal guardians) consent to or are notified before their child can legally engage in certain activities. In the field of edtech, this means teachers must have proven parental consent before students provide any personal information to third parties, like Edpuzzle.
The fact that teachers can't invite students to their Edpuzzle classrooms without confirming parental consent, combined with the impossibility of creating a student account without a unique class code or link, ensure that we don't collect any data we aren't allowed to.
Where do I get it from?
Contacting your IT admin – or anyone at your school involved in Data Protection – should be the very first step. Fortunately, many schools and districts have agreements in place with parents that consent to sharing student data with third parties – which is commonly referred to as "school consent" – for educational purposes only.
If you're not part of a school or in the unlikely event that your school won't take care of parental consent, you should request it for EVERY student that you invite to 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: age limit varies, depending on the Member State, according to GDPR
- Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The 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 and the UK: minors under 13.
If you're not planning to use Edpuzzle with students in these age ranges, you can simply select "I don't need parental consent" when prompted.