Question: Is it okay for a parent /carer to copy a photo from Edubuzz and put it on Facebook?
Answer: It is clearly okay for a parent to do what he or she wants with his/her own child’s photograph. If other children are included in this photo the parent/carer should check with the children involved, or their parents/carers, that they don’t mind their photos being put on Facebook.
This is exactly the same rule as we teach the children: you shouldn’t share photos or video recordings of people without asking their permission. Parents /carers can help support that teaching by setting an example themselves.
If any parents/carers particularly object to their child’s photos being posted on Facebook, you can remind them that you can tell Facebbok to ask your permission before allowing anyone to tag you in any photos. This won’t stop them being uploaded, of course, but it makes them much less easy to find.
We do not usually assert copyright of the contents of our web sites, so there is no legal, intellectual property, issue at stake.
Information should be made available to pupils and parents/carers about the internet facilities available at local libraries.
The following libraries will be open as usual this morning – Dunbar, Haddington, Musselburgh, North Berwick, Prestonpans, Tranent, and Wallyford. A decision regarding East Linton Library will be made shortly. Information regarding opening times this afternoon will be available later this morning.
URL shortening services, such as http://tinyurl.com, are a popular way to share long web site addresses.
By turning a long and complex URL into one just a few characters long, the short address becomes one that can be included in a paper newsletter, for example, without readers having to carefully retype the whole thing.
Often individual users can create personal accounts with these services, and keep a personal list of their shortened URLs. But these lists aren’t visible to anyone else. An even if they were, there’s no easy way to sort the wheat from the chaff.
That’s where the eduBuzz Google Apps Short Links can help. It provides a shared way of sharing shorter URLs. Also, it records how often the short URLs are used – so if you include one in your school newsletter, you can check how many people actually used it.
Here’s an example, where it’s being used to make the complex URL of a national Glow Group much more accessible.