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1. Acceptable Use Policy
2. Parental Consent
3. To publish Names... or Not
4. Readings on Protecting Children

2. Obtain Parental Consent to Publish Student Work

Before you publish any student work or information on the Web, obtain written consent from both the child and the parent. Be sure you abide by the parents' concerns regarding publishing of photos, names, and email addresses. (See the discussion about whether or not to publish student names, photos, and email addresses.)

While you are developing your page locally, in your own classroom, you don't need to worry about consent to publish. However, before you actually mount any of your students' writing or pictures on a Web server for the whole world to see, you should have parents sign consent forms specifically permitting you to publish their child's writing and/or pictures on-line.

To help parents understand the new Web medium, you may wish to invite them to a mini-open house to share your class or group Web presentation on your local computer, before it is mounted on an Internet server. They will certainly be impressed with the presentation, and you can approach them at that time for the permissions required to go public. Once parents become accustomed to using this kind of technology, permissions will become fairly routine.

Some teachers keep a list of students whose photos are allowed to be displayed on the WWW. Student Webbers then refer to this list before they add any classroom images to their pages. If a child without permission appears in the image, it will not be put on the server.

Here are some sample parental consent forms to publish students' work and photos.

page 1: Acceptable Use Policy
page 2: Obtain Parental Consent
page 3: To publish Names... or Not
page 4: Readings on Protecting Children

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