Guide to using technology in the classroom Homework

15 Essentials of a Media Consent Form

Educators must adapt to the digital world, where private versus public boundaries are shifting, through engaging in continuous dialogue and negotiation with parents and administrators to co-produce ethical guidelines for participatory research, photography, and social media with youth. Today’s virtual learning environment pose not only risks, but also opportunities, for empowering youth in research.

American Journal of Community Psychology1

Creating a media consent form to allow student utilization of technology in the classroom is one way of weighing the ratio between potential empowerment versus vulnerability while mitigating those concerns. 

A properly vetted media consent form should contain the following explicit guidelines for permission from any person whose name, likeness or words to appear in communications, promotions, or other media:

  • Formats of collected content (I.E. photo, video, audio, etc.)
  • purpose of the content & privacy policy
  • Reference to any other use policies addendums, documents, or links
  • Determination if the child is 13 or older
  • permission for the creation of any third party accounts
  • Terms of rescinding or canceling permissions
  • Terms of supervision of usage
  • Prohibited actions
  • Release of any liabilities, known or unknown, arising out of the use of material.
  • A partial or complete opt-out option
  • Source of devices
  • Name of Student
  • Name & Signature of Parent/ Guardian
  • Date
  • School Information (Classroom, Grade, etc.)

Attached is an example of a media consent form:

Technology is a big part of our lives and school-aged children today are very much digital natives: They grow up with technology rather than learning the skills as an adult digital immigrant.


1 Kia, K. M., Santacrose, D., & Liu, S. (2017). Photography and Social Media Use in Community-Based Participatory Research with Youth: Ethical Considerations. American Journal of Community Psychology, 60(3/4), 375–384.

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  1. Seanathan Polidore says:

    As a 6 year online student I see the importance of every principle you broke down beautifully in your blog. I’ve seen the downside of people that lack these vary laws.

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