Posting Videos and Student Safety

So I have a question for our group… many of my students have been creating videos with partners.  The kids faces are shown during these videos as they are explaining their thinking about a variety of topics.  They were very excited to post them onto their individual blog.  Their enthusiasm was contagious…and I thought it was a great idea and posted them onto their student blogs.  Parents were thrilled to see their children speaking and working with others as it gives them a snapshot of what their child does all day right before their eyes.  They left comments on their child’s videos which wound the kids up with excitement even more.  But then I started to panic as I thought about internet safety.  Is this safe to do?

I’ve also been posting videos on my classroom blog and have caught myself asking a question and then calling on a student name and then moving the camera to focus on this student.  Is this a problem too?

I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately and the kids are really wanting to take ownership over their blogs.  They want to see themselves and share their ideas by video and through writing.  There is nothing they love more than watching themselves live!   Am I creating a safety issue if I have their first name attached to a video on their individual blogs?  Last names are never given…however, it would be easy enough to figure out where we are located if you look at the url for AMDSB and then go to our site and search my name for my school.

My first instinct is “NO, NO, NO!!!” not safe.  But then I think about Facebook and all the other internet-based sites out there that quickly let you find anyone.  If someone wants to find somebody, they can do it a lot easier than through my blog.

I need some feedback.  Thoughts?


3 thoughts on “Posting Videos and Student Safety”

  1. I am having the same dilemma. This week the students are supposed to be learning to upload their own videos to their blogs. However the more I thought about it the more I started to question whether it is safe because the students are obviously identified.
    Jenn and I have talked about this at great length.
    I am feeling like our students should be posting videos of themselves working if that is the product they would like to create to demonstrate their learning. If parents have consented to their children’s image and first names being used on our class blog and their individual blogs, do we proceed???


  2. You might want to consider this – I came across it yesterday:
    A Fifth-Grade Teacher Wanted To Show Her Students What Happens When You Put Your Photo Online, A lot of silly Photoshops from a lot of different countries, that’s what happened.
    In the last 24 hours, this photo has been shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook. It’s been traveling around the internet since last week.
    In the last 24 hours, this photo has been shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook. It’s been traveling around the internet since last week.


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