Internet Safety in the School: Best Practices and Obligations

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Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., director of professional education and policy development, King Spry Herman Freund & Faul
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, technology supervisors, legal counsel, counselors, faculty, medical staff, student services
Best For: K-12

In February, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) named EBSCO, a leading online library product used by thousands of K-12 schools across the nation, to its 2017 “Dirty Dozen List,” which exposes companies that perpetuate sexual exploitation. Unbeknownst to most schools, and even, arguably, to the EBSCO company itself, NCSE indicates that innocent searches of EBSCO products by students on and off campus can produce results containing pornographic content, even where online filters are present. This revelation has led many parents to openly challenge their school districts about the vetting process for 3rd-party partners and has led schools to seek the answer to a fundamental question: to what extent can schools be held responsible for the actions of 3rd-party technology companies with whom they partner to provide services?

Please join Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., a leading school law attorney with in-depth knowledge and speaking experience on issues related to education technology, as she provides a detailed discussion of the legal obligations that public K-12 schools have with regards to the Internet, online safety, and 3rd-party technology partners. Ms. Gilsbach will provide an analysis of public school obligations under such laws as the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) as well as a discussion of practical and potential liability issues with regards to cloud-based services, contracting with 3rd-party technology providers, the use of “free” apps and services, and student online access involving 1:1 technology and bring-your-own-device initiatives. Ms. Gilsbach will highlight legally-defensibility best practices and provide policy and procedural solutions to common liability issues.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • The Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
  • The Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Public School Networks and Internet Filters
  • Public School Partnerships/Contracts with 3rd-Party Technology Companies
  • Public School Use of “Free” Internet-Based Apps and Services
  • Legal Issues Regarding Cloud-Based Services
  • Acceptable Use Policies
  • 1:1 and Bring-Your-Own-Device Initiatives


Your conference leader for “Internet Safety in the School: Best Practices and Obligations?” is Erin Gilsbach. Erin Gilsbach is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels on issues regarding education and education law. Ms. Gilsbach is the director of professional and policy development and an attorney with the PA-based law firm of King Spry Herman Freund & Faul and a founding member of the Greyfriars Institute, a nonprofit affiliate entity dedicated to providing quality professional education in the area of school law to educators and school leaders. She provides legal representation and/or professional development to over 150 Pennsylvania schools. In her practice, Ms. Gilsbach emphasizes a proactive approach to legal defensibility for schools by helping them to create procedures, administrative regulations and board policies that are developed not only upon consideration of statutory and regulatory requirements but also the best practices and common pitfalls found within the facts of applicable case law.

Voted a "Rising Star Attorney" by her peers in Superlawyers and Philadelphia Magazine for the past four years, Ms. Gilsbach serves on the board of the PA School Boards Solicitors Association. She began her career as a public high school English teacher. Prior to joining King Spry and the Greyfriars Institute, she served for over two years at the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Chief Counsel. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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