WhatsApp, Vine, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and other social media apps have all found what seems to be a permanent place in our schools. Rather than rejecting social networking, many schools are seeking to become “digital-friendly.” Whether schools use social media for community outreach, professional development, parental communication, course assignments, or simply networking with colleagues, the opportunities seem almost endless. But those opportunities come with risks. Among the questions this timely webinar will answer: What risks do schools run for allowing social networking? How can educators take back control - and not run afoul - of both privacy and free speech protections afforded students and staff? What responsibilities do schools have to monitor activities, including the use of “ghost apps” and other “private” exchanges? What rights do schools have to ban such technologies when they become a hindrance in the classroom? What does the Fourth Amendment say about staff’s right to search or even confiscate student electronic devices? Informing these questions and more will be an indepth look at various state and federal laws related to bullying, search and seizure, child pornography, background checks via social media, disciplining students for social media activity, and more.
Please join Erin Gilsbach, nationally recognized education attorney, as she guides you through the issues associated with social media at school - as well as precautions schools must take to avoid violating the rights of students and staff.
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- When students’ off-campus social media behavior can be regulated by schools
- The risks of “ghost apps” and how to mitigate such risks.
- The possible consequences of sexting for both students and staff – what is and isn’t allowed between minors.
- Best practices for developing social media use policies and guidelines for students and staff.
- The role of the Fourth Amendment as it relates to searching and removing student electronics.
- What protections employees have when discussing work-related matters on social media and when it crosses the line.
- Whether a school can monitor social media as part of an anti-bullying campaign.
- The issues that arise when schools use social media as part of their communication efforts.
- What social media policies schools should have in place.
- The privacy rights afforded students and staff
- And much more!
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