Technology, Social Media and Internet Safety in Schools: 5 Reference Downloads

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Duration: Five 90-minute sessions on DL
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, attorney at law, director of Professional Education and Policy Development, King Spry Herman Freund & Faul; Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law, and president, HR Learning Center, LLC; Katherine Gilfillan, attorney at law
Price: $899.00, DLs includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, technology supervisors, legal counsel, counselors, faculty, student services
Best For: K-12

Technology and the risks associated with it are growing and changing every day. As schools and their students continue to incorporate the use of computers, tablets, SMART Boards, social media and more, policies must adapt to accommodate the increased risks posed. For example, what must schools do to protect students when surfing the Internet? Are teachers allowed to go through student cell phones? How can schools become digitally friendly as students increase their presence on apps like Facebook and Snapchat? What are your obligations when it comes to cyber bullying? And what about teachers – do you have to worry about their online activities too?

Technology, Social Media and Internet Safety in Schools: 5 Reference Downloads combines our most important and fundamental webinars on K-12 technology issues. Rather than just touching upon the basics in one session, we’ve selected the most important topics that every school must cover in order to ensure their students’ safety. Sessions include:

  • Legal Issues and Pitfalls with the Use of Technology in Schools: What K-12 Educators REALLY Need to Know
  • Predators, Pornography, and 3rd-Party Partners: Legal Obligations for Schools Regarding Online Safety of Students
  • Searching Student Cell Phones: Rules and Limitations with Student Property and Privacy Rights
  • Sexting, Texting, Snapchat and Beyond: Practical and Legal Guidance for the Use of Social Media in Schools
  • Cyberbullying and Virtual Harassment in Schools: How to Recognize and Stop This Growing Problem

Easily accessed on downloads, these five unique sessions cover everything you need to know about protecting your campus from the potential issues that come with technology, all while embracing this growing trend. Whether you want to update your technology department’s policies, refresh your staff with what to look out for, or just create a safer environment for your students, this unique package serves as a comprehensive yet convenient reference guide every school needs.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Just a sampling of what each session will cover:

    Predators, Pornography, and 3rd-Party Partners: Legal Obligations for Schools Regarding Online Safety of Students is 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, including:

    • 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

    Searching Student Cell Phones: Rules and Limitations with Student Property and Privacy Rights is a program that will provide insight into when an educator may properly search a student’s cell phone and how far that search may be extended, including:

    • The scope and limit of a student’s right to privacy
    • Recent case law governing searches
    • When a cell phone can be searched
    • What information can be obtained during the search
    • How to secure a cell phone
    • What to do with the information
    • What elements to include in your cell phone policies

    Sexting, Texting, Snapchat and Beyond: Practical and Legal Guidance for the Use of Social Media in Schools guides you through the potential problem areas when social media is used by schools, students, and staff, as well as precautions that schools must take to avoid violating the rights of students and staff to communicate in this manner. You will:

    • Find out when students’ off-campus social media behavior can be regulated by schools
    • Understand the risks of “ghost apps” and how to mitigate such risks
    • Determine the possible consequences of sexting for both students and staff – what is and isn’t allowed between minors?
    • Review best practices for developing social media use policies and guidelines for students and staff
    • Discuss the role of the Fourth Amendment when it comes to searching and removing student electronics
    • Discover what protections employees have when discussing work-related matters on social media sites and when it crosses the line
    • Discuss whether you can monitor social media as a means of stopping student bullying
    • Understand the issues that arise when schools use social media to communicate
    • Learn what policies schools should have in place regarding the use of social media at school and away from school
    • Review the privacy rights afforded students and staff

    Legal Issues and Pitfalls with the Use of Technology in Schools: What K-12 Educators REALLYNeed to Know will use non-technical terms to parse out the true purpose of an AUP, help school leaders and attorneys learn how to take the “tech talk” and “legalese” out of AUPs without jeopardizing the defensibility of the document, and discuss what other key policies your schools might be missing. We cover:

    • Bring-Your-Own-Device Initiatives
    • 1:1 Technology Programs
    • Click-Wrap Agreements in the Classroom
    • Data-Mining and School Technology
    • Crowdfunding
    • Online Sales of Teacher-Created Resources
    • Technology and Special Education
    • Technology Policy Dos and Don’ts
    • Social Media Issues

    Cyberbullying and Virtual Harassment in Schools: How to Recognize and Stop This Growing Problem discusses your responsibility to stop any virtual harassment that may be taking place in your school and the various laws prohibiting such harassment for educational institutions such as Title IX and Title VII. We will:

    • Discuss the various types of virtual harassment that commonly occur from texting and Facebook all the way to virtual stalking.
    • Understand the nature of quid pro quo and hostile work environment harassment and how both apply in a virtual world.
    • Review the school's responsibility in this virtual world to stop harassment both during and after school hours and on and off campus.
    • Review the Ellerth/Faragher Affirmative Defense.
    • See what changes should be made to school policies to minimize the risks associated with virtual harassment.
    • Discuss how to handle complaints of virtual harassment.
    • Understand how employees are protected from retaliation once a claim is made.
    • Discuss how a school should handle a complaint from a teacher that he or she is being harassed by a student over the Internet. How should the school respond if a student complains that he or she is being harassed over the Internet by a teacher?
    • Discuss the concept of reasonable care under the law.

YOUR CONFERENCE LEADERS

Your conference leaders for “Technology, Social Media and Internet Safety in Schools: 5 Reference Downloads” are Erin D. Gilsbach, Melissa Fleischer, and Katherine Gilfillan. Erin Gilsbach is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels on issues regarding education and education law. Erin 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.

Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law, is a management-side employment attorney with 20 years of experience representing clients in employment law discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. HR Learning Center, LLC offers training seminars, webinars, and consulting on workplace and human resources issues. She is also a frequent speaker on a wide range of employment law topics including: workplace investigations, anti-harassment training, FMLA and ADA training, workplace violence prevention, etc. Ms. Fleischer earned her J.D. degree from the George Washington University School of Law.

Katherine Gilfillan has concentrated her practice in the area of school law and public sector law. She represents numerous school districts in all areas of labor and employment law, special education law, residency, teacher and student discipline, contract preparation, public contracting, FMLA/FLA issues and other student matters. In addition to assisting with internal investigations, Ms. Gilfillan regularly appears in the Office of Administrative Law for Civil Service and Education matters as well as the Office of Civil Rights/U.S. Department of Education, Division of Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Commissioner of Education, and state and federal courts.

Ms. Gilfillan supplements her court-based advocacy with in-service training and policy and practice review to assist her clients in avoiding litigation. She regularly provides training in the areas of Individual Education Program (IEP) development; IDEA compliance, cyber-bullying and sexual harassment; teacher and student discipline, and American with Disabilities Act/504 compliance.

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