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Digital Citizenship, Technology and School Law Karen Haase Harding & Shultz (402) 434-3000 khaase@hslegalfirm.com H & S School Law @KarenHaase


Digital Education Success Stories  Mooresville (N.C.) School District  Indianapolis Public Schools system  Miami-Dade County Public Schools


Social Networking  Examples • Facebook • Twitter • Snapchat • Vine • Kik


Social Media is Here to Stay  Ed. Professionals are using social media  85% of Americans use social media monthly  Twitter grew over 500% in the last year  More video is uploaded to YouTube in 60 days than big 3 networks created in 60 years


Teacher Use  Causes for Concern • Drug/Alcohol Use • Sexual Inappropriateness • Inappropriate Communication with Students • Inappropriate Communication about Students • Selling School Property


Nebraska Law  NEB. REV. STAT. §§79-824, 79-827  Reasons for Termination and/or Cancellation: • Unprofessional Conduct • Immorality • Other conduct which interferes substantially with the continued performance of duties


My Suggestions  Make a professional page separate from your personal page  Don’t “friend” students or parents on your personal page  Don’t let yourself be depicted behaving unprofessionally  Ask: will this affect my classroom?


Privacy Settings     

Set your profile as “private” Only let “friends” see pics Require notification before tagging Turn off geo-tags Friend Facebook on Facebook


YOU need to manage your digital footprint (and help kids do the same)  Managing your digital footprint is NOT hiding  If you aren’t actively managing your digital footprint, then who is?  Ask questions like:    

Who am I? What do I stand for? What are my passions? Is what is online about me consistent with that?


We can’t hide!  Online portfolios of who we are, what we do, and by association, what we know— are becoming increasingly woven into the fabric of almost every aspect of our lives.  You, your children, you school, your teachers, or your students are already being Googled on a regular basis  Judgments being made based on news articles, blog posts, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, and Facebook groups.


Building a POSITIVE Digital Footprint


1. Talk to students/Take Control  A 2006 Pew Internet report indicates there are two main classifications for digital footprints: passive and active.  Do you want to deliberately be aware of and control what you stand for online or do you want that to be left to others?  Adults need to help students establish a purposeful digital footprint  Students need to provide leadership to adults


2. Determine what your digital footprint says today and in the future  Google yourself/your students  Set Google alerts


Google Alert


2. Determine what your digital footprint says today and in the future  Google yourself/your student  Set Google alerts  Mention (or other app)


Mention


3. Connect with others (and your kids/students digitally)  2010 NASB survey • 80% of students on-line • 70% have used social media to engage in educational conversations

 Be “transparent and trackable”  Laura Stockman’s "Twenty-Five Days to Make a Difference" (http://twentyfivedays.wordpress.com )


4. Make your self (your kids) bullyproof: SEL  Social Emotional Learning: teaching our children how to  detect and manage their own emotions  make good social decisions  Teach kids about RELATIONSHIPS  How does that make you feel?  What can you do about it?  Manage your own emotions


Questions? khaase@hslegalfirm.com H & S School Law @KarenHaase


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