Turning cameras off to keep student engagement on
December 11, 2020
• Requiring students to keep their video cameras on during virtual classes may create privacy issues, according to online learning considerations from the Future of Privacy Forum and the National Education Association.
• Cameras that peer into a student's home life can blur the boundary between their school environment and personal world, which have merged during the pandemic. That window may also reveal details about a student's life they may not want seen.
• Educators should take into account privacy and equity issues when employing video in virtual learning settings. They also should teach students about privacy and safe online practices, including the role they play in protecting their own privacy.