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Technology Legal Risks, Best Practices and Policies to Avoid Liability

When and how can a school regulate social media use by staff, students and parents? What is the extent of a school's responsibility to address cyberbullying - and how far can they go without overstepping their bounds during investigations and disciplinary actions? In this program, our seasoned faculty will provide answers to these questions and myriad other legal issues surrounding technology in and outside of the classroom. Learn what actions schools can't and must take in order to mitigate liability - register today!

  • Learn when and how a school can discipline based on information found on social media.
  • Navigate FERPA, COPPA and other laws and regulations governing student privacy.
  • Discover how to protect student privacy when utilizing online apps for educational purposes.
  • Examine when and how schools can discipline students for cyberbullying.
  • Find out legal guidelines for audio or video recording devices in the classroom.
  • Understand the risks and liability associated with hacking and data breaches.
  • Explore the extent to which schools can search the contents of students' phones and other devices.

  1. Social Media: Monitoring, Restrictions and Discipline
    9:00 - 10:15, Katie Poulos
    1. Social Media Sites/Apps You Need to Know
    2. How Schools Can Monitor or Access Social Media
    3. On- vs. Off-Campus Postings and Conduct
    4. Restricting Social Media Use
    5. Disciplining Students for Posts
    6. Disciplining Employees for Social Media Posts
    7. Example Social Media Guidelines and Policies
    8. Social Media Lessons from Recent Court Cases
  2. Cyberbullying and Threats: School Authority and Liability
    10:30 - 11:30, Katie Poulos
    1. Discrimination/Harassment Laws and Cyberbullying
    2. When Schools May be Held Legally Liable
    3. Addressing On- vs. Off-Campus Cyberbullying
    4. Disciplining Students for Cyberbullying
    5. Violence and Suicide Threats: Assessing and Managing
    6. Handling School Threats and Swatting Threats
    7. Avoiding Violations of Privacy and Free Speech Rights
    8. Sample Policies and Recent Court Cases
  3. Protecting Student Privacy: Requirements for Schools
    11:30 - 12:45, Samantha M. Adams
    1. FERPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and Other Laws/Regs
    2. Schools and Student Digital Interaction Protection
    3. Avoiding Liability with Website Terms of Service and Privacy Policies
    4. Use of Online Services for Educational Purposes: Ensuring Privacy and Confidentiality
    5. When Teachers Bring Unapproved Technology Into the Classroom
    6. Electronic Security Issues and School Policies
    7. Data Breaches: What Administrators Need to Know
  4. Use of Recording Devices in Schools
    1:45 - 2:45, Katie Poulos
    1. Use of Recording Devices in the Classroom
    2. Recording Devices at Meetings
    3. When are Recordings Educational Records? Who Can View Them?
  5. Smartphones in Schools: Search and Discipline Issues
    3:00 - 3:45, Phillip J. Gloudemans
    1. In-School Use: How Much Should You Restrict?
    2. Confiscating Phones
    3. Searching Phones: What's Legal? Hidden Traps
    4. Discipline for Sexting and Other Activities
  6. Laptops, Tablets and iPads: Legal Concerns
    3:45 - 4:30, Phillip J. Gloudemans
    1. Funding and Ownership Legal Concerns
    2. Privacy Issues (Bring-Home Devices; Searches)
    3. Regulating Student Use of Devices
    4. Children's Internet Protection Act: What if Students Bypass Filtering Software?
    5. BYOD Policies and Public Records Issues for Staff

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