At Loop, we believe it is important for parents or guardians to know which educational technology tools their children are using, and how each tool assists their education. It is imperative that parents or guardians are aware of the privacy policies and protections that are in place to govern such usage.
In this article, we outline what Loop is used for, how and when we collect consent from parents or guardians for their children to use Loop, and the rights of parents to access and delete their children’s information.
Loop allows teachers to gather structured feedback from their students about their understanding of content, learning experience and wellbeing. Providing a private, digital setting gives students more confidence to speak out about things that might be holding back their learning. And this allows their teacher to make deliberate changes to better support their students.
Teachers can enable anonymous responses, schedule questions, reply to feedback one-on-one or to groups of students with similar feedback, send announcements, and monitor progress over time.
This has several educational benefits:
Loop is used by teachers and students from over 5,000 educational institutions globally. This includes:
In addition to our market-leading data privacy and security standards, we require any child aged under 13 to have consent from their parent or guardian.
Without this consent, a child is unable to use Loop and their account is rendered inactive.
In addition, and because each education institution has a different approach to using educational technologies and different approval policies, Loop provides the opportunity for a teacher or leader at your child’s school to confirm they have consent for your child to use selected educational technologies. This approach is often employed where schools seek a single source of consent from parents or guardians at the beginning of the academic year to cover all technologies approved for use in the school.
As such, Loop enables the following:
In this scenario, once parent or guardian or consent has been confirmed by the teacher or school the child will be able to use Loop. Loop will record the teacher or school leader who confirmed they have appropriate consent and the date with which this was confirmed.
At any time this consent can be withdrawn by a parent or guardian by contacting Loop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At any time, a parent or guardian can withdraw consent for their child aged under 13 to use Loop.
In addition, they can request to view the personal information data stored by Loop or have this data deleted. Under the latter request their child will no longer be able to use Loop.
This request can be made by contacting Loop at email@example.com.