FBI, This Week: Education Technologies Could Pose Risks to Students


September 21, 2018

The FBI cautions parents of kindergarten through high school students of the potential safety and privacy risks associated with education technologies, or EdTech.


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Mollie Halpern: The FBI cautions parents of kindergarten through high school students of the potential safety and privacy risks associated with education technologies, or EdTech. 

The growing incorporation of devices and software into school systems facilitates learning.

It also includes the collection of student data such as …

Lynn: … Social Security numbers, academic records, any kind of disciplinary records, medical histories …

Halpern: That was Lynn, an FBI intelligence analyst who says if cyber criminals gain access to that sensitive data, then it could be exploited in many ways.

Lynn: In addition to financial exploitation, another concern we have is the use of that information for sexual exploitation or even cyber bullying.

Halpern: To help prevent these crimes, the FBI recommends that families …

Lynn: … conduct regular Internet searches of their children's information to see if there's any social media profiles, financial information, or even photos that really shouldn't be there.

Halpern: Learn more at ic3.gov. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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