We explicitly ask for parental permission before allowing pupils on the platform for three reasons:
3. Some of us are parents, too. We believe it is important that the parents of our child users are aware that their child is signing up to an educational platform. They play a crucial role in making it successful, and they should have the opportunity to ask any questions and raise any concerns.
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.
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 that is set up. This protects the child, parent, teacher, school and Pobble, which is consistent with our philosophy that online user safety is paramount for our community.