Technology, the Law, and Schools: Emerging Issues

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This recording is designed to provide school business officials with a basic working knowledge of emerging issues involving technology, the law, and education. More specifically, this session examines emerging controversies involving both students and school staff over such issues as social networking sites (whether such commercial sites as Facebook or personal blogs), sexting, and acceptable use policies for district owned and operated computer systems. The session includes a review of relevant litigation along with practical considerations for developing sound policies that ensure the appropriate use of technology while assisting school business officials as they work with other educational leaders to avoid being sued over misuse of technology in educational settings. This session was originally recorded for the 2020 Envision virtual conference.   

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Discuss the rights of students and staff with regard to the use of technology.

Objective 2: Discuss the rights of school staff with regard to the use of technology.

Objective 3: Outline steps to develop policies that can help to avoid legal controversies over the use of technology with regard to students and staff.


Charles Russo, Panzer Chair in Education, Research Professor of Law, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

Knowledge Level:


SFO Domain(s):

Management of Information Systems



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