It is common for school counselors to talk to students without permission from their parents. This article discusses some of the benefits and consequences of this practice, along with steps that you can take in order to protect your child’s privacy.

Keywords: School Counselor, Talking to a Child, Privacy Rights

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Parental Consent: It is important for parents to be aware of the circumstances in which a counselor may feel it necessary to talk privately with their child without parental consent, and make sure they have consented before any such discussion takes place.

 Counselors should only speak to students who are over 18 years old or otherwise emancipated without parental consent if there is an immediate risk that cannot wait until the parent/guardian can be contacted (for example, someone who exhibits suicidal ideation).

Otherwise, counselors should obtain permission from both students and guardians before speaking privately about anything considered private information. 

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