SchoolTube Safety FAQ

Q: What is SchoolTube.com?

A: SchoolTube is the nation's largest K-12 video sharing platform, specifically designed for students, teachers, and parents. All student uploaded videos on SchoolTube have been approved by local educators in the students school - ensuring a safe, fun, and informative video sharing experience.


Q: Has SchoolTube been endorsed by educational organizations?

A: SchoolTube is proud to have the active endorsement of over twenty of the top national education organizations. To see our education partners - click here.


Q: Why do videos need to be approved by local educators?

A: Much of the video content on consumer video and social media platforms present content that may be inappropriate for some student visitors. Consequently, those video and social media services are typically blocked within K-12 schools. Unfortunately, these restrictions made it very difficulty for students and teachers to upload and share their school related video. SchoolTube’s teacher-driven approval process ensures a safe environment, and therefore is accessible in the majority of K-12 schools.


Q: Who approves SchoolTube's use in schools?

A: Typically, school or district administrators approve SchoolTube for use in their schools Because of our moderation/approval process, SchoolTube has enjoyed widespread access. We are currently being used in over 60% of all K-12 school nationwide.


Q: How does SchoolTube protect the privacy of it's younger students?

A: SchoolTube is dedicated to ensuring a safe, fun, and informative video sharing experience for all our users. The bar is even higher for our younger (under 13) users. That's why SchoolTube is in full compliance with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act. (COPPA). Recent amendments to this act require a verified adult to grant permission for children who are under 13 years old before they can create an account on SchoolTube and upload video. If you want to learn more about our approach to online safety, please visit our Safety page.


Q: How does SchoolTube verify that an actual adult is approving a student’s request to register for SchoolTube?

A. SchoolTube has partnered with Veratad, a leading provider of real-time online identity and age verification services. After the adult provides their name, address, and the last four digits of their social security number, Veratad can confirm that they are an adult. SchoolTube and Veratad DO NOT RETAIN this information. It is used only to verify one’s adult status.


Q: What information does SchoolTube collect from under 13 users after permission has been granted by an adult?

A: All registered student users who upload video need to provide SchoolTube with an email address so we can communicate about the status of their video. We also need students name and their school so we can link them to an educator in their school to approve their video upload prior to going live.


If you have additional questions, please use our contact us page.

Safety Policy

SchoolTube cares about Internet safety. 

Along with promoting our standards and teacher/moderator rules, we are supporters of a variety of social-networking safety sites for students, parents, and educators.

Adina's Deck is a 30-minute film, website and parent/teachers guide to educate 9-15 year olds about Cyber Bullying: harassment via the Internet, digital technologies and mobile phones.

OnGuard Online provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

Netsmartz® is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® and Boys & Girls Clubs of America for children (ages 5-17), parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet. The NetSmartz Workshop can be accessed at www.NetSmartz.org and www.NetSmartzKids.org.

i-SAFE Inc. is the worldwide leader in Internet safety education. Founded in 1998 and endorsed by the U.S. Congress, i-SAFE is a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting the online experiences of youth everywhere. i-SAFE incorporates classroom curriculum with dynamic community outreach to empower students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults to make the Internet a safer place. Please join us today in the fight to safeguard our children’s online experience.

SafeTeens provides tips, advice, links, and suggestions to help make your family's online experience fun and productive. Includes information about safe blogging and privacy guidelines for teens.

Broadcast Journalism Content Guidelines

Student Television Network Code of Ethics

Members of the Student Television Network believe in the importance of a free news media in a democratic society, including the academic/school setting. We believe the duty of student journalists is to seek truth and report it fairly and thoroughly to their audience, both in school and in the community. We understand that journalistic integrity is the basis of public trust and is developed and maintained by adherence to ethical principles. As members of STN, we adopt this code as the statement and evidence of our principles and our commitment to them.

Seek Truth and Report It

STN journalists should search for the truth. Student Journalists should:

  • Be accurate in reporting information.
  • Make every effort to avoid distortion of information. 
  • Identify sources of information as accurately as possible.
  • Be objective in reporting both sides of a story.
  • Avoid stereotyping.
  • Never plagiarize.
  • Minimize Harm

STN journalists should value news subjects and news as topics and people who deserve respect. Student journalists should:

  • Be compassionate when covering stories that may be painful to subjects.
  • Be sensitive to those in grief or affected with tragedy.
  • Be cautious and aware of the law in identifying minors involved in crime or victims of crime.
  • Recognize the privacy of individuals.
  • Avoid reporting that is libelous or slanderous.
  • Avoid reporting that may endanger students or school personnel.
  • Show good taste in reporting, avoiding vulgarity or obscenity.
  • Act Independently

STN journalists should aspire at all times to fulfill their obligation to their audience and the public, and maintain their independence of any attempts to obstruct or hinder these efforts. Student journalists should:

  • Avoid conflicts of interest, and disclose any unavoidable conflicts.
  • Hold those in power accountable.
  • Resist pressure from individuals or groups to influence coverage.
  • Seek to maintain the integrity and credibility of themselves and the organizations they represent.
  • Be Accountable

STN journalists are accountable to their audience and to their peers. Student journalists should:

  • Understand they are a supervised group, just as their counterparts in the business world are.
  • Seek and encourage open dialogue with the public about their coverage and conduct.
  • Admit and correct any mistakes, promptly and publicly.
  • Follow the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Adapted from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation (RTNDF) and SPLC codes of ethics. Adopted June 2006

Creative Content Guidelines

STN Content Policy for Creative Contests

Film, music video, and other creative video productions that are entered into contests of Student Television Network should reveal skill, imagination, and the power of visual storytelling. STN places value on the truths revealed through the events, disappointments, joys, and conflicts we all experience. Although STN is open to diverse interpretations of this human experience, we will accept for competition only those productions that avoid being gratuitously or explicitly violent, obscene, or overtly sexual. Likewise, STN contest entries should avoid youth involved in risky, questionable, or illegal activities without also examining the outcomes, ramifications, or consequences of those activities.

Contest entries are judged by qualified professionals (and in certain specified contests, students themselves). All judges will receive explicit instructions to recognize and place high value on the needs and sensibilities of STN's intended audience. This audience is composed of students ranging in age from 12 to 18, and students who come from diverse communities with diverse standards of appropriateness, which must be respected.

SchoolTube Addendums

Student artists should rely on their own creativity and means.

Never use any copyrighted materials without specific permission. This includes audio, video, still images, and written work. If you do use copyrighted material by permission you must have an obvious disclaimer and credit in your finished, uploaded video.

Avoid subjects or images that may endanger students or school personnel.

Show good taste. Avoid overt vulgarities, obscenities, violence, drugs and alcohol, and explicit sexual situations.

Remember, if you don’t want your mom and your grandma to see the video, then it probably doesn’t belong on SchoolTube. If you have specific questions feel free to contact us at SchoolTube.

"SchoolTube is a fantastic and safe resource for educators and their students. I was impressed with SchoolTube's thorough security check...as a teacher I know my student are safe when using this valuable resource. We are on the cusp of something big in educational technology and SchoolTube is a great example of things to come."

Lucas Kent, Teacher and Technology Consultant

Burkevale Protestant Separate School

"We've found SchoolTube to be the best option for sharing student and teacher produced videos, since our district very tightly controls what sites kids can access. Since Schooltube is fully moderated, our district and teachers feel comfortable with making schooltube our choice for sharing videos online. The process of uploading is so simple and quick, it is easy to upload a whole semester's worth of projects in minutes. Their categorizing system is excellent, making it easy for kids to search around on their site for their videos. We've started to include their first names in the filename uploads, so they can search by their names and project type (like Caring Message). Having ST as a part of the curriculum makes it great for kids to see other student's works, not just their own fellow classmates. This elevates the motivation factor, as they want to outdo kids that they've never met.

In summary, I cannot believe that other's have not used or heard of SchoolTube.com since it can't be any easier to use, plus best of all it's FREE! I only hope them the best as they grow as the nation's best option for sharing moderated videos."

Rob Zdrojewski, Video Production Teacher

Amherst Middle School