Google Additional Services
In the School District of Clayton, we use G Suite for Education, and we provide and manage a G Suite for Education account for your child. G Suite for Education is a set of education productivity tools from Google including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Classroom and more used by tens of millions of students and teachers around the world. Students will use their G Suite accounts to complete assignments, communicate with their teachers, sign into Chromebooks and learn 21st century digital citizenship skills.
The notice below provides answers to common questions about what Google can and can’t do with your child’s personal information, including:
- What personal information does Google collect?
- How does Google use this information?
- Will Google disclose my child’s personal information?
- Does Google use student personal information for users in K-12 schools to target advertising?
- Can my child share information with others using the G Suite for Education account?
Please read it carefully, let us know of any questions, and then (annually) complete the online form within the PowerSchool Parent Portal to indicate that you’ve read the notice and give your consent. If you don’t provide your consent, we will not permit your child to use Google's Additional Services listed below.
This notice describes the personal information we provide to Google for these accounts and how Google collects, uses, and discloses personal information from students in connection with these accounts.
G Suite for Education Notice to Parents and Guardians
Using their G Suite for Education accounts, students may access and use the following “Core Services” offered by Google (described at https://gsuite.google.com/terms/user_features.html):
- Gmail (including Inbox by Gmail)
In addition, we also allow students to access certain other Google services with their G Suite for Education accounts. Specifically, your child may have access to the following “Additional Services”:
- Managed Play
- My Maps
Google provides documentation about the information it collects, as well as how it uses and discloses the information it collects from G Suite for Education accounts in its G Suite for Education Privacy Notice. You can read that notice online at https://gsuite.google.com/terms/education_privacy.html You should review this information in its entirety, but below are answers to some common questions:
How will my child benefit from using Google Additional Services?
Students learn to use printed sources, scholarly databases and the internet as they learn to research. YouTube is one source that students can employ, especially to access interviews with experts, lectures by credible scholars, or short documentary films that provide background and sources.
Often, the short videos found on YouTube serve as leverage for our students: the short films are often more accessible for learners at the start of a research project, helping students understand complicated ideas and content, which, in turn allows them to read texts that they might not previously have understood.
YouTube serves a source for supplementary information for students. For example, students might access a YouTube tutorial about writing a paragraph or punctuating dialogue if, after instruction and practice, their peers have mastered the skill, but they still need more practice. Additionally, YouTube can provide essential background knowledge to help students access the novels that they read. Teachers do employ YouTube videos to support their curriculum and use the “flipped classroom model” so that teachers and students can work together to process the ideas/content of the video together instead of spending time in class watching the video.
Services like Blogger allow students to connect beyond the classroom and to write with an authentic audience in mind--and has the potential of engaging writers and readers of other cultures. Having an authentic audience highlights the publication step of the writing process.
Google Earth provides visual and interactive content in a unique way. Some teachers use it as a supplement to whole group instruction on a location or time period; other teachers have students explore or create their own maps using the service.
What personal information does Google collect?
When creating a student account, the District will provide Google with certain personal information about the student, including, for example, a name, email address, and password. Google may also collect personal information directly from students, such as telephone number for account recovery or a profile photo added to the G Suite for Education account.
When a student uses Google services, Google also collects information based on the use of those services. This includes:
- device information, such as the hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers and mobile network information including phone number;
- log information, including details of how a user used Google services, device event information and the user's Internet protocol (IP) address;
- location information, as determined by various technologies including IP address, GPS and other sensors;
- unique application numbers, such as application version number; and
- cookies or similar technologies which are used to collect and store information about a browser or device, such as preferred language and other settings.
How does Google use this information?
In G Suite for Education Core Services, Google uses student personal information to provide, maintain, and protect the services. Google does not serve ads in the Core Services or use personal information collected in the Core Services for advertising purposes.
In Google Additional Services, Google uses the information collected from all Additional Services to provide, maintain, protect and improve them, to develop new ones, and to protect Google and its users. Google may also use this information to offer tailored content, such as more relevant search results. Google may combine personal information from one service with information, including personal information, from other Google services.
Does Google use student personal information for users in K-12 schools to target advertising?
No. For G Suite for Education users in primary and secondary (K-12) schools, Google does not use any personal information (or any information associated with a G Suite for Education Account) to target ads, whether in Core Services or in other Additional Services accessed while using a G Suite for Education account.
Can my child share information with others using the G Suite for Education account?
We may allow students to access Google services such as Google Docs and Sites, which include features where users can share information with others or publicly. When users share information publicly, it may be indexable by search engines, including Google.
Will Google disclose my child’s personal information?
Google will not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of Google unless one of the following circumstances applies:
- With parental or guardian consent. Google will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Google when it has parents’ consent (for users below the age of consent), which may be obtained through G Suite for Education schools.
- With the School District of Clayton. G Suite for Education accounts, because they are school-managed accounts, give administrators access to information stored in them.
- For external processing. Google may provide personal information to affiliates or other trusted businesses or persons to process it for Google, based on Google’s instructions and in compliance with the G Suite for Education privacy notice and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.
- For legal reasons. Google will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Google if it has a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:
- meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.
- enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations.
- detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
- protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Google, Google users or the public as required or permitted by law.
Google also shares non-personal information -- such as trends about the use of its services -- publicly and with its partners.
What choices do I have as a parent or guardian?
First, you can consent to the collection and use of your child’s information by Google for the Additional Services. If you don’t provide your consent, we will not permit your child's G suite for Education account to access the Additional Services listed above.
If you wish to stop any further collection or use of your child's information for the Additional Services, you can request that we use the service controls available to limit your child’s access to those features or services. You and your child can also visit https://myaccount.google.com while signed in to the G Suite for Education account to view and manage the personal information and settings of the account.
What if I have more questions or would like to read further?
The Core G Suite for Education services are provided to us under Google’s Apps for Education agreement.