In light of ever-increasing use (and abuse) of social media, school district personnel must be mindful of the rights and responsibilities—of students and of the school districts themselves—that come with this technology.

Interested in learning more about these rights and responsibilities?  If you are a Husch Blackwell client or a member of the Council of the Great City Schools, join us next Tuesday, May 22, at 2:30 Eastern Daylight Time for a complimentary continuing legal education webinar.  Click here to register.

One of the topics that will be discussed is cyberbullying.  We will define cyberbullying and discuss unique cyberbullying concerns and laws.  While no federal law directly addresses bullying per se, bullying also can involve discriminatory harassment when based on race, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, or religion.  When this occurs, public school districts have an obligation to address the harassment while balancing the rights of those involved.

Many states have laws directly addressing cyberbullying.  In Missouri, for example, cyberbullying is bullying through the transmission of a communication including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound, or image by means of an electronic device including, but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone, or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager.

Our webinar will also address in detail issues related to the use of social media by public school districts as a method of communicating with students, including the drafting of social media policies and enforcement mechanisms.  In addition, the presenters will discuss the current legal trend of prohibiting employers/schools from demanding access/passwords to personal social media accounts of employees and students.  Schools should be cognizant of these laws when establishing, updating, and implementing social medial policies.

 

Photo of John W. Borkowski John W. Borkowski

 

Coming from a family of teachers, John knows that educators are dedicated to serving students and society. His lifelong passion for education underlies the insightful counsel he provides to colleges, universities and school districts.

Photo of Anne D. Cartwright Anne D. Cartwright

Focusing exclusively on legal issues related to educational institutions, Annie centers her practice on considerations tied to compliance with Title IV Federal Student Aid and student funding requirements. She advises higher education clients on regulatory, consumer disclosure, accreditation, governance, risk management, nondiscrimination (including…

Focusing exclusively on legal issues related to educational institutions, Annie centers her practice on considerations tied to compliance with Title IV Federal Student Aid and student funding requirements. She advises higher education clients on regulatory, consumer disclosure, accreditation, governance, risk management, nondiscrimination (including Title IX), and operations issues confronted in college and university environments. Annie regularly works closely with institutions responding to regulatory actions brought by the U.S. Department of Education, including Federal Student Aid program reviews, and she performs in-depth compliance audits, policy reviews and training.

Photo of Theresa Mullineaux Theresa Mullineaux

Theresa focuses her practice on commercial litigation and represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including education, financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing. She has experience in all stages of litigation, including fact investigations, initial pleadings, dispositive motions, motions in limine, discovery, depositions…

Theresa focuses her practice on commercial litigation and represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including education, financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing. She has experience in all stages of litigation, including fact investigations, initial pleadings, dispositive motions, motions in limine, discovery, depositions, and trial strategy. Theresa is also a member of the St. Louis Cortex team, helping startup companies navigate the legal environment.