Live Seminar

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



Friday, March 09, 2018


9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Four Points by Sheraton Plainview

333 S Service Road

Plainview, NY 11803


$349 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • CT CLE - 6.00
  • NJ CLE - 7.20
  • NY CLE - 7.00
  • PA CLE - 6.00


  • IACET - 0.60
  • Teacher Education Credit - 6.00

Program Description

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.
  • Ensure compliance with assistive technology and accessibility requirements for disabled students.
  • 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.
  • Delve into the essentials of Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) for internet use.
  • 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.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed for:

  • School Administrators
  • Principals and Vice-Principals
  • Superintendents
  • Board Members
  • School Technology Specialists/Coordinators
  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Law Enforcement/School Resource Officers
  • Attorneys
  • Paralegals

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. Internet Acceptable Use Policies, Filtering and Monitoring
  6. Use of Recording Devices in Schools
  7. Smartphones in Schools: Search and Discipline Issues
  8. Laptops, Tablets and iPads: Legal Concerns

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State
CLE 6.00 -  CT
CLE 7.20 -  NJ
CLE 7.00 -  NY*
CLE 6.00 -  PA

International Association for Continuing Education Training – IACET: 0.60

Teacher Education Credit – Teacher Education Credit: 6.00

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Social Media: Monitoring, Restrictions and Discipline
    9:00 - 9:45, Randy P. Glasser
    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
    9:45 - 10:30, Randy P. Glasser
    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
    10:45 - 11:30, Joseph Lilly and Timothy Mahoney
    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?
    11:30 - 12:15, Joseph Lilly and Timothy Mahoney
    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. Internet Acceptable Use Policies, Filtering and Monitoring
    1:15 - 2:00, Alyson Mathews
    1. Effective Acceptable Use Policies (w/Sample)
    2. Internet Filtering Requirements
    3. Regulating/Monitoring Computer Use
    4. Disciplining for Emailing or Accessing Inappropriate Content
  6. Use of Recording Devices in Schools
    2:00 - 2:45, Joseph Lilly and Timothy Mahoney
    1. Use of Recording Devices in the Classroom
    2. Recording Devices at Meetings
    3. When Are Recordings Educational Records? Who Can View Them?
  7. Smartphones in Schools: Search and Discipline Issues
    3:00 - 3:45, Joseph Lilly and Timothy Mahoney
    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
  8. Laptops, Tablets and iPads: Legal Concerns
    3:45 - 4:30, Joseph Lilly and Timothy Mahoney
    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

RANDY P. GLASSER is a member of the firm of Guercio & Guercio, LLP, which presently maintains offices in Farmingdale and Latham, New York. Before joining the firm, she held the position of staff attorney at Long Island Advocacy and Long Island Advocates, Inc. She has presented numerous workshops for members of school administration and personnel on topics such as bullying, sexual harassment, special education, parliamentary issues, student discipline, FERPA, HIPAA, and student residency. Ms. Glasser has served as an associate professor at Adelphi University, and adjunct professor at Hofstra University and Long Island University. In addition, she was appointed arbitrator on various matters before the American Arbitration Association, New York Stock Exchange and National Association of Securities Dealers. Ms. Glasser concentrates on various aspects of representing municipalities; including school districts, libraries, water districts, and fire districts. She has lectured on special education issues and bullying at the Annual School Law Conference held by the Suffolk & Nassau Academies of Law, and at legal clinics held at Hofstra University; on bullying at the Practicing Law Institute; and on FERPA and special education issues for National Business Institute. Ms. Glasser has trained arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. She graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law. Ms. Glasser is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She served as the chairperson of the Education Law Committee at the Nassau County Bar Association from 2008 to 2011, and in October of 2011, commenced a two year term as a board trustee for the Nassau County Supreme Court Library.

JOSEPH LILLY received his J.D. degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 1992 and his B.A. degree from Fordham University in 1989. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Lilly served as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office from 1992 to 1996, where he prosecuted numerous criminal cases involving a variety of criminal charges. In 1997, he entered private practice in Melville, New York, where he worked on behalf of a number of insurance carriers investigating and litigating cases involving insurance fraud, and defended personal injury law suits. From 1999 until 2008, Mr. Lilly maintained a solo practice, working in the area of criminal defense. He has tried many cases in both the criminal and civil courts. Since joining Frazer & Feldman, LLP, in 2008, he has handled a wide variety of cases involving student discipline, student residency issues, staff discipline and general litigation. Mr. Lilly conducts more than 100 student discipline hearings a year and has successfully handled the defense of numerous appeals of discipline matters to the Commissioner of Education. He also counsels our school district clients at manifestation determinations. Mr. Lilly has co-authored with partner, Laura Ferrugiari, an article published in the Nassau Lawyer, the Nassau County Bar Association monthly newsletter, entitled “Executive Sessions and the Open Meetings Law” (November 2014).

TIMOTHY MAHONEY is a partner in the law firm of Frazer & Feldman, LLP, where he practices in the areas of special education matters, including impartial hearings and appeals, and attends Section 504 and CSE meetings, student discipline, and manifestation determination hearings. Mr. Mahoney is admitted to practice in the state courts of New York, as well as the Federal Court in the Eastern and Southern districts of New York. He received his J.D. degree from City University School of Law and his B.A. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

ALYSON MATHEWS represents employers and school districts in education, labor and employment law matters. She has assisted municipal clients with grievance arbitrations, improper practice charges before PERB, disciplinary charges, contract negotiations, compulsory and voluntary interest arbitrations, fact finding proceedings, and legislative determinations. Ms. Mathews has comprehensive knowledge of the impact of the Affordable Care Act on employers, including implementation strategies and best personnel practices and procedures. She has frequently lectured on these topics. Ms. Mathews also has experience with student disciplinary hearings, appeals to the Commissioner of Education and special education law. She has been featured in the Long Island Business NewsWho’s Who in Women in Professional Services and Who’s Who in Intellectual Property and Labor Law. Ms. Mathews was named in Super Lawyers as a 2017 Rising Star. She is actively involved in the NYSBA and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section as the co-chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee. She is a co-editor of NYSBA’s second edition of Impasse Resolution under the Taylor Law. Ms. Mathews is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Suffolk County Bar Association. She received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School and her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Boston College. While at Brooklyn Law School, she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and the Journal of Law and Policy. She participated in the 2003 National First Amendment Moot Court Competition where she placed as a semifinalist. Ms. Mathews also served as the coach of the 2004 First Amendment Moot Court team, notes and comments editor for the Journal of Law and Policy, and editor of the Brooklyn Law School News.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

CT CLE: 6.00
Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. It is the opinion of NBI, Inc. that this activity qualifies for up to 6.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement in Connecticut, including 0.0 hour(s) of ethics/professionalism.

NJ CLE: 7.20
This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 7.2 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 0.0 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism.

NY CLE: 7.00 Includes - Areas of Professional Practice: 7.00
This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 7.0 credit hours. 7.0 hours can be applied to the Areas of Professional Practice requirement and 0.0 hour can be applied toward the ethics and professionalism requirement. This live format program is appropriate for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

PA CLE: 6.00
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for a total of 6.0 hours, including 6.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and 0.0 hour of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.

International Association for Continuing Education Training

N IACET: 0.60
NBI, Inc. is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. NBI, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this program. At the end of the program, participants must complete a self-assessment in order to receive credit. 100% attendance is required. (Provider #1004558)

Upon completion of this course, attendee will be able to: 1. Explain to what extent schools can regulate the use of social media. 2. Describe when schools can implement discipline on students for cyberbullying. 3. Identify common FERPA dilemmas. 4. State assistive technology requirements for students with disabilities. 5. Explain the components of a good acceptable use policy (AUP). 6. Distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable use of recording devices in schools. 7. Explain legal and constitutional concerns for searching student phones. 8. Describe two legal issues concerning laptops and tablets in schools.

Teacher Education Credit

NY TEC: 6.00
New York Professional Development hours available with district approval.

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