Increasingly, students are wired into devices throughout their day and their interactions online spill into their interactions in school. Recognizing that teachers and principals experience a difficult gray area in monitoring and responding to students’ online interactions, CASDA recently held Students and Social Media: A School’s Role and Responsibility, a conference centered around the dangers both students and educators can encounter in the digital sphere.
Experts from the FBI’s field office in Albany discussed school-based initiatives for online safety, the violent crime bureau and the agents who handle cybercrime.
Attorneys from Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna presented a case study and the ramifications of the Dignity for All Students Act, noting specifically that DASA has a much wider net of protections than previous legislation and that schools are still working hard to meet and exceed these expectations.
Finally Siena College Professor Meg Fryling discussed the digital footprint that students leave in their online interactions and the many future potential consequences of this footprint..
Attendees discussed the constantly evolving nature of students’ online behavior, from computers in school spaces to their own cell phones. Because this issue is so broad, relevant, and changing, keep an eye out for more CASDA events addressing educators’ best responses.