Target 2 Preview: In the age of apps, how do schools protect your student?


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – A lot of parents make the extra effort to monitor a child’s use of the internet and mobile apps. But what happens when they’re using those educational apps in the classroom?

Target 2 Consumer Alert spoke with the Green Bay Area School District about how they work to protect the data of more than 20,000 students.

First graders at King Elementary use educational apps on their iPads every day. Each app and website is checked to make sure it is safe.

The chief technology and information officer for the district says that’s a necessary step to protect students.

“What kind of digital footprint do we want to leave? If someone looks you up what do you want them to see? I believe that’s something that we need to start early on. We’re talking elementary school, middle school,” says Diane Doersch. “Because once it’s out on the internet you can take it off, but it’s out there somewhere.”

Doersch says the main concern is knowing what the apps and websites are collecting and how companies could use or market student information.

Tammy Elliott delves into the emerging issue for school districts in a Target 2 Consumer Alert airing Thursday on Action 2 News at 10.