A controversial practice used by some colleges recently grabbed headlines, and the state legislature in Delaware has acted quickly to stop it.
House Bill 309 was passed and signed in late July and now prevents both public and private colleges and universities from requiring students to turn over the login data for their social networking profiles, according to a report from eSchool News
. Further, these schools cannot ask students to log on for administrators so the officials can view the contents of their profile.
However, standard K-12 schools are not included in this protection, the report said. This was due to testimony from a number of experts about the dangers of cyberbullying through social networks many kids now use.
"We wouldn't want to handcuff a school in its ability to investigate cases of bullying," Damian DeStefano, an aide to Rep. Darryl Scott, who sponsored the bill, told the newspaper. Eduard Goodman
, the chief privacy officer for Identity Theft
911, writes on his official blog about how students and parents can increase kids' privacy protection
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