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School Law: Social Media and Apps, Cyberbullying, Privacy and Other Technology Issues

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December, 2017

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Continuing Legal Education

  • CT CLE - 6.00
From Event: School Law: Social Media and Apps, Cyberbullying, Privacy and Other Technology Issues, held December 2017.

Program Description

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? This guide 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 - order today!

Course Content

  1. Social Media: Monitoring, Restrictions and Discipline
  2. Cyberbullying and Threats: School Authority and Liability
  3. Protecting Student Privacy: Requirements for Schools
  4. Special Education: Is Technology Accessible?
  5. K-12 Technology: Ensuring Protections Without Stifling Innovation

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 CT - Credit Approval Expiration 12/08/2019

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Social Media: Monitoring, Restrictions and Discipline
    9:00 - 10:15, Benjamin P. FrazziniKendrick
    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 - 11:45, Frederick L. Dorsey
    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
    12:45 - 2:00, Benjamin P. FrazziniKendrick
    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. Special Education: Is Technology Accessible?
    2:15 - 3:15, Melika S. Forbes
    1. Providing Assistive Technology
    2. What Communication Device Should be Used?
    3. Ensuring All Technology is Accessible
    4. Web Accessibility: What Schools Need to Know
    5. Privacy Concerns: IDEA and HIPAA Regs
    6. Special Education Lessons From Recent Court Cases
  5. K-12 Technology: Ensuring Protections Without Stifling Innovation
    3:15 - 4:30, Douglas Casey
    1. Context of Districts Concerns (Laws, Conflicting Mandates)
    2. Adopting Best Practices in Responsible Use of Data and Technology
      1. Leadership
      2. Classroom
      3. Security
      4. School Business
      5. Training
    3. Use of Student Devices (Smartphones, Computers, Etc.)
    4. Internet Acceptable Use Policies
    5. National Resources
    6. Connecticut State Resources

DOUGLAS CASEY serves as the executive director for the Connecticut State Commission for Educational Technology (CET). In that role, he designs and manages strategic plans that help ensure the successful integration of technology in Connecticut's schools, libraries, universities, and towns. The CET has direct oversight of statewide programs including the Connecticut Education Network (CEN, the state’s research and education network), its digital library (researchIT, formerly iCONN), and other initiatives. Prior to joining the CET, Mr. Casey served for nearly 10 years as the director of technology for the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) in Hartford. There he oversaw and implemented significant improvements in business processes, digital security, and information management for the agency’s 25 schools, 36 districts in the Hartford area, and schools statewide. Mr. Casey began his career as a middle school English teacher in Virginia after graduating from the College of William & Mary. He applied his classroom experience to educational publishing, managing communications for the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Education. He later earned a M.A. degree in online communications from Georgetown University and a M.S. degree in management information systems from George Washington University. His diverse background includes managing technology for marketing firms as well as security and systems engineering for national security agencies and the U.S. House of Representatives.

FREDERICK L. DORSEY is an attorney with Kainen, Escalera & McHale, P.C., in Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. Dorsey is involved in a wide variety of general and special education, labor relations, and employment issues, including union representation elections, contract negotiations and administration, unfair labor practice charges, and employment discrimination matters in both the public and private sectors. He focuses his practice in the area of education law, representing boards of education in special education, student expulsion, transportation and residency hearings, in addition to conventional labor relations and employment litigation matters. Mr. Dorsey earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Marshall University; his M.B.A. degree from the University of New Haven; and his J.D. degree from Western New England College School of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut School Attorneys Council, and the National School Boards Association Council of Attorneys.

MELIKA S. FORBES is an attorney in the school law practice group in the Stamford office of the law firm of Shipman & Goodwin LLP. Ms. Forbes advises public school districts on a wide range of issues, including special education, student discipline and bullying. Her experience with educational institutions includes serving as the director of College Placement for the Bronx Lab School and as a math teacher with Teach for America. In addition, she completed an internship with the Truancy Bureau of the Kings County District Attorney's Office. Ms. Forbes received her B.A. degree from Syracuse University and her J.D. degree from Washington University School of Law. While enrolled in law school, she served as a student attorney with the Child and Family Advocacy Clinic (CFAC). Ms. Forbes is a member of the Connecticut School Attorneys Council (president, 2016-2017), and the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association (secretary, 2016-present).

BENJAMIN P. FRAZZINIKENDRICK is an attorney in the school law practice group in the Hartford office of the law firm of Shipman & Goodwin LLP. He provides legal advice to public schools and other institutions in areas including civil litigation, special education, and civil rights compliance. He also advises both public and private sector clients regarding compliance with Connecticut's new student data privacy law, Public Act 16-189, and serves on the firm's privacy and data protection team. Prior to law school, he gained experience as a special education teacher in Virginia and New York, and holds a New York teaching certification in special education. Mr. FrazziniKendrick was a court attorney for the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Fourth Department, and also clerked for the Honorable Ann Nevins in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Connecticut, Hartford Division. He received his B.A. degree from American University, his M.S. degree from The City College of New York and his J.D. degree from Syracuse University College of Law. Mr. FrazziniKendrick is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut.

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