The Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA) today set out for its member schools some of the GDPR, content and inclusivity risks which parent-led WhatsApp groups can present, and advice on what action schools should take. The Association’s detailed advice is confidential to its members, but Classlist’s app is cited by ISBA as an example of an alternative platform to WhatsApp, which parents can use to communicate and build an inclusive community.
Christopher King, IAPS CEO, shares a recommendation following the ISBA guidance announcement.
November 2022 latest:
See the WhatsApp Guidance discussion video (November 2022) of Chris King quizzing Piers Clayden, partner at GDPR specialists Clayden Law, on the real world risks for schools and parents, and why schools need to take the initiative.
You can download the Classlist ISBA WhatsApp Guidance sheet.pdf which provides an overview of the guidance and what to do if you wish to find out more or to discuss this matter in more detail.