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Question:What are recommended privacy protection guidelines for minors engaging in Public Lab online?

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by liz | June 27, 2019 14:27 | #19897

What are recommended privacy protection guidelines for minors engaging in Public Lab online?

As we prepare to welcome more youth into the Public Lab online community, we are reviewing what we have in the Code of Conduct regarding minors such as the Media policy that states "Never post the names of minors in conjunction with their photo."

We are also reviewing how @pdhixenbaugh approaches working with youth at camp: https://publiclab.org/notes/pdhixenbaugh/08-22-2018/diy-science-lesson-with-the-coqui "Photos of hands are OK, photos of people are not"

We are also considering the following guidelines:

  • do not use your real name
  • do not share your gender
  • do not share personal photos
  • do not share your location

What do you think?


My employer has a photo release for minors' parents to sign, which gives consent for their image to be used by the camp system. We call it a "model consent form"

Thanks Patrick!!!!

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Here's another reference, although quite comprehensive: Page 14 of this UNICEF guide.pdf)

  1. Children have the right to privacy and the protection of their personal data.
  2. Children have the right to freedom of expression and access to information from a diversity of sources.
  3. Children have the right not to be subjected to attacks on their reputation.
  4. Children’s privacy and freedom of expression should be protected and respected in accordance with their evolving capacities.
  5. Children have the right to access remedies for violations and abuses of their rights to privacy and free expression, and attacks on their reputation.

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