The differences mentioned above give rise to some legal consequences:
1. Pobble may hold personal data about pupils (as defined in our Terms and Conditions). This requires specific permission.
2. Pobble is a paid service and therefore it is important to clearly define the right to commercialise content shared on the platform to protect the Pobble community from legal disputes.
Whilst we’re aware that some school IT policies signed by parents contain provision for the sharing and holding of personal data and for the commercialisation of content shared on platforms (and many platforms rely on this), some school IT policies do not. We don’t believe in taking risks when it comes to user safety online and it’s not feasible to review every single school IT policy to find specific reference to these items.
Additionally, since some of us are parents, we believe that it is important that the parents of our child users are aware that their child is signing up to an educational platform with a difference, and that they should have the opportunity to speak up if they have concerns.
As a result of this and following clear guidance from our lawyers Wiggin LLP, we believe that the only safe, compliant and correct way to operate Pobble is by asking for specific permission from a parent or carer for every child account set up. This can be provided through simply clicking on a box in an email (email address provided by the school) confirming agreement to our Terms and Conditions, or as a paper form to be attached to the child account (verified by a teacher).
By signing the Terms and Conditions, parents grant us the right to hold personal data about the child (as defined specifically in the Terms and Conditions) and cover the commercial aspect of content shared on Pobble. This protects the child, parent, teacher, school and Pobble in this process, which is consistent with our philosophy that online user safety is paramount for our community.