Photographing and Filming Students: Is Your School Getting it Right?

Photographing or filming students at school or at weekend sport has become a highly sensitive issue. With the rise in online abuse such as sexting and cyber bullying, schools have been required to rethink and reinforce protections for their students online, including the consent of students and their parents when taking photographs or producing videos at school events. But has your school maintained the right balance between privacy and common sense when photographing and filming students?

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Listening Devices and Surveillance: The Fine Line Between Student Safety and Teacher Privacy

A recent case in the United States of a mother secretly recording her child’s teacher through a tape recorder on the child’s backpack raises questions of how similar listening devices would be governed under surveillance laws in Australia. To provide a safe and secure environment for students, it may be necessary at times to record conversations, however it is essential that schools understand the compliance and privacy obligations associated with this risk.

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Human Resources Firm Security Incident Exposes Data From Coles, Telstra, CBA and More: Is Your School at Risk of a Data Breach?

It has been just under four months since the commencement of the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme. With the release of the first quarterly report on data breach notifications, and another high-profile security incident being disclosed by an HR company, it is a good time for schools to reassess their privacy and cyber security framework to determine whether they are doing enough to secure the privacy of students, staff and others.

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Effective Permission Slips: Part Two

Every school probably has a room somewhere where boxes of permission slips are stored. Mostly the slips contain the signature of a parent agreeing to allow the child to attend an excursion or activity. Unfortunately in most instances the box probably doesn’t contain the information that was on the rest of the note that went home which set out what the activity was and what the parent had agreed to.

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Effective Permission Slips: Part One

Every school probably has a room somewhere where boxes of permission slips are stored. Mostly the slips contain the signature of a parent agreeing to allow the child to attend an excursion or activity. Unfortunately in most instances the box probably doesn’t contain the information that was on the rest of the note that went home which set out what the activity was and what the parent had agreed to.

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Drone Laws Under CASA’s Microscope: Will Schools Be Affected?

Drones have endless uses in classroom learning and as part of extra-curricular activities, but present a significant compliance problem due to the various laws they interact with. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has released a report into its review of drone operation and aviation safety, which will likely cause further regulations in this area. Schools will need to be aware of the changes ahead regarding drone compliance.

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New VIC Child Information Sharing Laws Passed – Do they really protect children?

The Victorian Parliament’s recent passing of the Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018 (Information Sharing Act), which primarily amends the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 (Vic) has prompted divisive reactions. While the Information Sharing Act purports to ”promote the wellbeing and safety of children” through the establishment of an information sharing scheme amongst specified entities, there are concerns that the effect of the legislation will actually be negative on children, not positive.

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