Technological developments, including various forms of social media, present unique opportunities at the secondary and post-secondary level to educational entities so that they can engage with the students in a unique and better way. However, these also present new challenges so that compliance is achieved with student privacy requirements - like those imposed by Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and its implementing regulations. While educational entities should be careful to ensure they are in par with FERPA compliance in social media, fear should not prevent them from using these new tools under appropriate circumstances. Lastly, educators are using social media outside of the educational setting and need to be aware of when doing so can run afoul of FERPA.
This FERPA and Social media webinar by expert speaker Timothy E. Gilsbach will provide a review of when FERPA is or is not implicated, what this means in terms of using social media in the educational setting, and what school entities should do to address these concerns. In addition, this presentation will touch on other areas of concern with social media in the school setting, including bullying.
This session will look at FERPA compliance in social media from two perspectives. First, you will review what limits educational entities should and should not place on their employees in terms of what they say or don't say on social media to ensure that FERPA is not violated by what employees are saying in the digital world. Second, you will know the benefits and possible pitfalls of a growing trend when it comes to educational entities using social media as a teaching tool. You will know what needs to be done to use this tool while not violating FERPA regulations. The session will also include a review of what policies educational entities should have to address both concerns and procedures to avoid potential liability.
Who Should Attend
Timothy E. Gilsbach ESQ
Timothy E. Gilsbach, ESQ., is an associate at King Spry and is member of the firm’s Education Group, concentrating his practice in the area of special education. Tim defends school districts, intermediate units and charter schools in all phases of special education litigation, from state level administrative hear... More info