Outschool classes are only open to children ages 3-18 (no adults!), and learner safety is our top priority. We safeguard our community in a variety of ways as described by our safety policy, our class recording policy, and our article on Zoom security. You can check out our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service for more information on our security practices.

We also rely on Outschool parents and teachers to help us promote a safe and positive online learning environment.

To that end, as an Outschool parent we ask that you:

  • Help your children learn and practice positive classroom behaviors before class starts. This includes helping them understand the basic features of Zoom, which will allow them to engage respectfully in class without distracting other learners.

  • Supervise your learners (from a comfortable distance 🙂) while they attend class, until you’re confident they can participate safely and respectfully on their own. For older learners, this may take just a few minutes. For younger learners, or those with behavioral challenges, you may need to be nearby for every class. You know your children best! We encourage parents to stay off-screen as much as possible, so if your learner needs hands-on assistance or supervision, please reach out to the teacher before class to let them know. Please note that listening into or watching class from a separate device is against Outschool’s policies.

  • Make sure your learner connects with their teacher each time with their video enabled to allow the teacher to confirm your learner's identity. This can be a quick check-in at the beginning of each class meeting and is required to promote classroom safety.

  • Do not exchange Zoom links with a teacher via Outschool messaging (Conversations tab or classroom). It is against Outschool’s policy for teachers to share Zoom links, as all class meetings should begin with the green Start Live Meeting button for security purposes.

Additionally, we are big believers in the value of digital citizenship education for all kids. To help your learners develop the skills to stay safe on the Internet, check out the following resources:

Be Internet Awesome
Internet privacy, safety, and behavior tips from Google.

Safe and Secure Online
This resource is provided by the nonprofit Center for Cyber Safety and Education.  

Federal Trade Commission - Protecting Kids Online
This government resource covers cyber-bullying and more.

Common Sense Media
This organization provides advice on media consumption for children, including an overview of privacy and internet safety and tips for different ages.  They also offer a selection of video recommendations, like this video of 5 Internet safety tips for kids.

Family Online Safety Institute
This organization provides a range of articles searchable by age, and is funded by a group of major technology companies.

Parent Coalition for Student Privacy
A national coalition of parents and advocates to defend the rights of parents and students to protect their data.  Including a Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy.

We also suggest you seek out best practices from your friends and local communities.

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