Schools can access the sample privacy documents on CEVN.
Access to Google applications by schools to meet child safety standards – advice for schools
Schools making decisions about using Google Core Services and Additional Services should understand the risks and responsibilities associated with these services.
Schools can refer to the G Suite Services Advice for Schools for information regarding the use of these services. The advice has been developed to ensure that the management of Google Services meets child safety standards.
The following Google Services are available through the CEV G Suite instance: Core Services and Additional Services. Some Google Services may have age restrictions. Parental consent must be sought before allowing any students under the age of 18 to use Additional Services. The standard collection notice does not cover this consent.
Schools are asked to:
- in conjunction with their Google administrators, understand the settings for G Suite services and make decisions about associated risks
- consider requesting that ‘Additional Services’ be enabled/disabled for the various users in the school (this will be managed through Google Organisational Units at the school level)
- ensure they obtain Parental consent to allow any students under the age of 18 to use Additional Services
- update their child safety risk registers, as appropriate.
Reasonable steps means telling the school community more than once and in ways that all parents would be expected to have been notified. This is likely to include:
- updating the collection notice
- publishing the updated policy in the newsletter
- publishing the updated policy on the school website for a reasonable time, e.g. three months
- providing a copy to families with enrolment material.
For further information see the Minter Ellison privacy seminar video and PowerPoint presentations, available on CEVN under Finance, Legal, Operations / Privacy.
The Privacy - Information for Parents sample text is available on CEVN under Finance, Legal, Operations / Privacy for schools to use in their school newsletter when notifying their parent community about the changes.