Student Web Accounts

St. Martin’s students are expected to use teacher vetted web-based tools to learn technology skills and enhance their learning in other areas of the curriculum. Many of these third-party web tools require some personal information in order to create accounts. This information generally consists of the student’s first name and last initial or last name and their school email address.

The following is a list of the current third-party web tools used by students that require unique student log-ins:

COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, requires that children under 13 years of age have verifiable parental consent to use online services that collect personal information. COPPA allows schools to gather consent from parents on behalf of students at the school. This means that parents do not need to provide consent and set up accounts individually for each of the web based tools used at the school. By signing our Responsible Use Policy, parents give St. Martin’s consent to provide identifying information for their child, consisting of first name, last name, email address and username, to the owner/operators of web-based educational programs or services that have been approved for student use at the school. St. Martin’s also collects consent for students over 13 years of age so that parents are aware of the web accounts that students are using at school.

St. Martin’s has reviewed the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy statements for the websites that are used and we will continue to review them as they are updated by the owners/operators of the sites. We will not approve or use websites that require student personal information such as home address, phone number or other personal information that is not required in order to use the services the website provides.

We also try to choose web tools that segregate school users from other users of the web tool whenever possible. For example, we use Google Apps for Education rather than having parents set up standard Google accounts for their child. This allows us to restrict the services and use of the services to only those appropriate for student use based on their age and removes all advertising.

Other web sites are used by the students but these do not require students to log-in. Parents and students are required to sign a Responsible Use Policy Form to acknowledge that students understand the appropriate use of technology at St. Martin’s and to grant St. Martin’s permission to create student accounts where necessary for technology use at the school. These forms can be found on the Documents and Forms page of the website.

If you have questions about any of the above, please contact Vicky Sedgwick.