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Responsible Online Use of Personal Data

Douglas County School District's Chief Technology Officer Gautam Sethi shares some simple tips about keeping your personal information safe online.

1.Be careful with your data. There is a risk to sharing personal data. Even entering simple items like your name, your phone number, your email address can result in unintended consequences, like spam containing inappropriate content and malware.

Be careful to only share your data with vendors that you completely trust.  It is a good idea to do a little research on the company, asking questions like:

Are they based in a U.S. office?
Do they have the right clientele?
Do they have other customers? Big customers?

2.Have an exit strategy. Be sure the vendor confirms in writing or as part of their agreement that if you choose to end your relationship that they are able to delete all of your information. Most reliable vendors will provide this in the small print online.

3.Beware of startups. Startup companies often have the most innovative ideas, but they also carry more risk than more established websites. It is important to keep this in mind, when you’re sharing your personal data.

Fledgling start ups can go out of business quickly. Often these websites and apps sell their database and your data might be used in previously unexpected ways.

September 17, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Information Technology

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DCSD is requesting parent input on the health and wellness of our students. Last year, DCSD received a large planning grant from Colorado Health Foundation in an effort to assess how the district supports students through the lens of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC). The mission of this grant is to review the current state of DCSD's student health and wellness program, and then formulate a three to five-year plan based on stakeholders’ needs, the latest research, and best practices. As part of this process, we would like your input.

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It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.