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3 Reasons You Should Monitor App Security

Every year, new digital learning applications are introduced into today’s classrooms. It’s imperative that these apps meet the requirements of a school district’s student data privacy policies.

Here are three reasons why you should remain vigilant and mindful of the learning tools being used in your school district.
Some Companies Don’t Prioritize Student Data Privacy

Many developers often use open source, standardized privacy policies. Generic, piecemeal approaches to student data privacy policies in technology applications can jeopardize your student data. If a company wishes to protect school districts from data breaches, a focused, comprehensive strategy should be implemented and presented in its app documentation.

CatchOn provides you a list of all software applications accessed on school devices so you can verify that providers keep data safe.

Easy Access to Real-Time Data Is a Struggle for School Districts

Gaining access to real-time, comprehensible data is extremely difficult. As a result, features and functionality have been the primary determining factors in selecting learning applications, instead of usage data and a tangible track record of success.

CatchOn empowers administrative leaders with real-time usage analysis of software applications, enabling them to make informed purchasing and adoption decisions.

School Districts and Parents Need to Be Wary of Apps Targeted at Kids

According to the Washington Post, many apps targeted at kids fail to protect their data, often sending location data, email addresses, and other identifiable information to third-party advertisers.

CatchOn allows you to identify software applications your students may be using that your district does not support, and those that you have yet to determine align with the standards defined in the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.



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Identify gaps in usage by tool to create targeted professional development and training plans.

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