Teacher Review for SafeShare.tv

Student privacy issues and lack of transparency

Peggy H.
Technology coordinator
Blanchard Memorial School
Boxborough, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
How I Use It
Safeshare.tv purports to offer families and educators a "safe" alternative to Youtube, because you can simply copy any Youtube link, paste it into Safeshare, and provide students with a link to a video outside of the Youtube platform, eliminating the suggested content and Youtube ads. However, a little research reveals that this alternative might not be so "safe" after all.
My Take
On the surface Safeshare.tv appears to be a great alternative to sharing Youtube links with students. It purports to provide links so that educators can "share videos safely and without distraction." However, the privacy policy states that the tool markets to and collects personally identifiable information from children under 13. There is no transparency about the company behind Safeshare.tv. Their website http://www.vitzo.com lacks any contact information. According to their Facebook page, the company is located in Cancun, Mexico. Marketing and payments are processed by a third-party e-commerce company in Santa Barbara CA, fastspring.com. Payment is collected by yet another platform located in Astoria, NY, paddle.com. A help ticket submitted to the Vitzo site in December 2020 requesting more information never yielded a response. Also suspicious is the fact that Safeshare.tv employs a pyramid marketing scheme, offering 30% recurring commissions for referrals. I strongly discourage any parent or educator from using this tool until its backers can guarantee student privacy and provide more information about its business practices.