Is it okay to post files, photos, or videos that include students or their names?

No. Files, photos, and videos that include students or their names are “personally identifiable information” as defined in the Family and Educations Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Any information that could link possibly to a specific student should not be posted without the consent of the students and/or guardians involved.

If you would like to post student work to receive feedback from colleagues, make sure to remove or block names or any other information that could identify the author (eg. Names of siblings in a personal narrative, addresses, events).

When sharing photos and videos with the community, do not show student faces without student and/or guardian permission. If needed, you may show the backs of students’ heads at a distance or digitally block student faces.

For more information, please review the FERPA Guidelines:

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