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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Education Admin Web Advisor: The Use of Social Media by Schools, Students and Staff: Know the Risks and How to Reduce Your Potential Liability

EducationAdmin Web Advisor

The Use of Social Media by Schools, Students and Staff:
Know the Risks and How to Reduce Your Potential Liability


Step-by-step guidance through the potential problems social media poses, 
as well as ways to avoid violating student and staff rights.

The use of social media in schools is an evolving area that brings into play various state and federal laws and regulations. From conducting social media background checks on prospective employees to disciplining students for activity on- and off-campus on social media sites, the use of technology has changed the way people work and communicate. However, sometimes the increased access to information has unintended consequences, and you may learn much more than you really want to know. What can you even do with the information you find?
In addition, social media is growing as a vehicle for student bullying, and monitoring what's going on may be an effective way to head off a disaster before it happens. There are also those schools and universities that are using social media as a means of communicating with employees as well as possibly even students. What risks do these institutions run? How can faculty and administrators take back control of their schools and campuses and not run afoul of both privacy and certain free speech protections afforded students and staff?
Please join Nicole J. Thibodeau, attorney at law, as she 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 communicating in this manner. 
October 17, 2012, 1 PM Eastern.
Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
$299.00 webinar, $299.00 CD, $399.00 webinar + CD for an unlimited number of attendees in one room. CD includes full audio presentation, question and answer session and handout materials.
CE Credits:
This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
Nicole J. Thibodeau, attorney, Boardman & Clark LLP.
Who Should Attend? 
School superintendents, principals, human resources directors, school district in-house counsel.

Just a sampling of the many practical tips you'll take away:
  • Find out when students' off-campus social media behavior can be regulated by schools.
  • 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 and free speech protections afforded students and staff.
Your conference leader for The Use of Social Media by Schools, Students, and Staff: Know the Risks and How to Reduce Your Potential Liability is Nicole J. Thibodeau, attorney, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, Wisconsin. Nicole's practice focuses in the areas of school law and labor and employment law. She advises school boards on all areas of labor and employment law including employee handbooks, family and medical leave, unemployment compensation, technology-related issues, contract interpretation and collective bargaining. Nicole is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and Wisconsin School Attorneys Association and is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Western District of Wisconsin. She earned her JD degree from Marquette University Law School.
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