Parents should be aware of the dangers of the Internet especially now that children as young as 5 are using iPads and Chromebooks in school. See our additional sections on Internet Safety for Children and EBSCO, GALE and MN ELibrary for helps to monitor and keep your child safe.

Privacy Rights

  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and
    The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

FERPA, a federal privacy law, that afforded parents the right to:

    • Have access to their children’s education records,
    • Confirm the accuracy and seek to have the records amended,
    • Review and appeal the information, and
    • Consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information.

What Is FERPA (PDF), provided by the Capitol Resource Institute, explains what each of these rights meant. The newer PPRA amendment protects against data that isn’t required.

The Student Data Privacy Project explains more about FERPA and also provides parents with sample templates and letters to request your child’s data from school.

What you need to know.

    • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was originally a strong bill that blocked any school from disclosing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from a student’s educational records to any non-school official without parental notification or consent.
    • In 2008 and 2009 the bill was amended and consequently left useless by allowing schools to share data with third party companies and organizations.
    • Medical and counseling records included in your child’s education records are not protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
    • The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) protects students from having to reveal personal information without parental consent IF it is required, funded by the federal government, and collects data such as political affiliations and religious beliefs.
    • Most surveys given to students are NOT required and therefore are not protected by PPRA.
    • Schools are only required to notify parents of a survey being given and allow parents to opt their children out.
    • Schools often slip this information in with multiple forms or handbooks in the beginning of the year to meet federal requirements and often goes unnoticed by parents.
    • PPRA gives you the right to stop the data mining of your child, but you have to enforce it.

Excerpt from page 6 of Data Mining Your Child (PDF)

  • Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
    Technology is moving so fast but is it eroding our privacy? EPIC seeks to protect privacy, freedom of expression, and democratic values in the information age and is a good resource concerning privacy issues.
  • Privacy and Mental Health Research on Child Harm and Legal Liability
    ©The Reisman Institute 2019
    Authors: Judith A. Reisman, Ph.D. and Mary E. McAlister, Esq.

Child Protection League has released and published this landmark, comprehensive and exhaustive scientific and legal research on the harm done to children when their privacy is violated.

Please use this thoroughly documented report as a resource for legislation, administrative policies, school policies, lawsuits, and business policies being considered or challenged. This resource is useful for research, writing, forums, debates and campaigns for public office. Please always give proper credit to the authors.

This comprehensive white paper equips lawmakers, administrators, judges, juries, educators, business leaders, and the public with a previously unavailable type of research. Adults responsible for the health and well-being of children must account for policies, practices, and curricula that threaten the emotional, physical, mental, and immunological health of children in their care. This paper provides the necessary evidence that these unjustified, antiscientific privacy invasion experiments must be ceased immediately before one more child is harmed. [p. 61]

Data Collecting

  • Teach KIDS to Say “No” to Data-Mining at School
    Civil rights are being violated in our nation’s classrooms daily. Risk surveys are being used at schools across the country, often coupled with Social Emotional Learning. Look at the invasive questions in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (PDF) from the New Hampshire DHHS. These surveys will be administered regularly because they serve a dual purpose: to collect data, and to get your children accustomed to having their personal boundaries violated and their trust-bonds with you questioned. The article gives tips concerning these surveys for both you and your child.
  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Data Collection/Assessments
    Each child’s responses are collected in a “data dashboard” and measured to see whether the child demonstrates change in regard to attitudes, feelings and behaviors. The results are entered into a national SEL data bank, often to third party vendors. Find additional information under Assessments at Social and Emotional Learning.
  • Is Your Child Unsafe at the Doctor’s Office? Invasive Teen Questionnaire

The HealthPartner’s policy is one of many who are now requiring clinicians to administer a pre-teen/teen invasive health questionnaire answered only by the adolescent. The parent is then asked to leave the child alone with the clinician so the clinician can engage the child “one-on-one” about the answers and personal concerns.

With whom is this data being shared? State law allows the Minnesota Department of Health to require providers and health plans to “provide patient health records and claim files.” M.S. 62J.321 Data Collection & Processing Procedures

Beware of doctors that won’t let you as a parent accompany your child to the clinical area. The HIPPA Privacy Act is supposed to protect us from tyranny or any unethical deeds done by doctors and any other outside parties. It is absurd to think that a child’s privacy is being violated by having their own parent with them.

Please read the following for details so you can protect your child!

Is Your Child Unsafe at the Doctor’s Office?
Questionnaire (PDF)
Letter: Parents beware of new health survey (PDF)

Opt Outs

What is the one thing any parent can do to help stop indoctrination? Opt your child out of in-class surveys this school year!

Our CPL email update, Refuse the Surveys!, gives an overview including samples of the data schools are collecting and the importance of opting your child out.

Samples: A 9th grade Spanish class survey (PDF) used in a MN rural school district. Youth Risk Behavior Survey (PDF) used in schools across the country, often coupled with Social Emotional Learning.

  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Records Requests (ORR)
    It is your right to view public records. Learn more at FOIA & ORR on how to make record requests. These requests can also be submitted to obtain school information such as curriculum, surveys used, etc.
    • Parents Notice to Schools Form
      Dr. Miriam Grossman, author of You’re Teaching My Child What? and her newest book Lost in Trans Nation: A Child Psychiatrist’s Guide Out of the Madness, urges parents to use the fillable parent notification form to give to your child’s school. Visit Miriam Grossman MD to learn more.
  • Minnesota Student Survey
    Did you know that there is an invasive survey that the schools administer every three years to students that ask intimate questions of your child? The test is administered January to June. OPT OUT your children from this Minnesota Student Survey!

The Minnesota Student Survey is run by a partnership of four state agencies: the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Public Safety, and Human Services. Read our 2022 CPL Article about these surveys then go to the Minnesota 2022 Student Survey site for contact information. The survey is voluntary but who makes that decision – you need to let them know NO for your child.

Do you trust the schools with intimate details about your child? Read the “versions that are available to review” below to see what kind of questions they ask—read to the very end!

  • Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (CSE) and Your Rights as a Parent
    You have a legal right to know what health curriculum and resources your school is using. Please check with your own school. Many have been surprised to learn that their own schools have already adopted CSE curriculum. Take it before other parents, your school administrators and your school boards if necessary. CSE is not a MN mandate…yet. You still have a voice and you still have parental rights in directing the education of your children.
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Mindfulness Training
    Sample letter to opt out a student from SEL mindfulness and Buddhist meditation training provided by Jan Markell with Olive Tree Ministries. (attached in both Word and PDF)
  • Keep Your Children Home on the Day of Silence
    Each year, usually in April, schools across the country allow students and teachers to refuse to speak all day. The Day of Silence is a tool of the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to force all school children, their parents, teachers and administrators to support and affirm this ideology by remaining silent. By refusing to speak, they marginalize those who disagree

Gender & Privacy Policies

The gender ideology is in most of our schools indoctrinating our children even at the elementary level. What is the pronoun mandate? Are your children safe when male students can use female restrooms and locker rooms because the male student decides he now identifies as a female despite his male biological body? Be aware of these policies in your schools and communities that embrace this dangerous new trend.

  • Title IX
    The controversy over women’s sports, men in women’s bathrooms, gender pronouns and more is wrapped up in the attempt to redefine the word sex to include gender in the 1972 Title IX legislation. Go to Title IX Sex Discrimination Rules for more details.
  • School Counselors – Sources of Indoctrination
    The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) trains school counselors to hide students’ sex and gender preferences from parents. What you can do.

    • Do not allow your child to have any sessions with school counselors without your presence.
    • Fill out the 3-day demand form to ensure your participation in your child’s wellbeing.

In addition, their 10 Questions Every Parent Should Ask (PDF) provides carefully crafted questions to help you speak up as you meet with your child’s school administrators. Be competent, be confident, be courageous!

    • The “Toolkit” Agenda
      Despite strong opposition, the Toolkit to Ensure Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students was passed in Minnesota by an unelected, governor appointed Minnesota Department of Education committee. It’s not just about bathrooms and locker rooms. It’s about indoctrination into a dangerous gender ideology. The pronoun mandate is the most dangerous part of the Toolkit. Use this extensive resource to educate yourself on the issues.
    • A Critical Review of Schools In Transition Guidebook (PDF)
      CPL published review of the guidebook Schools In Transition (PDF) recommended by the MN Department of Education (MDE) as a credible resource. Radical gender activist groups such as the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Gender Spectrum, and the LGBT & HIV Project published this guidebook for schools across the country to use in setting school policies that endorse and promote transgender ideology.
  • Disturbing video shows risk to girls & women posed by co-ed restrooms & locker rooms.

from the Illinois Family Institute (23 minutes)