Cyber Law: Maximizing Safety and Minimizing Risk in Classrooms

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An essential overview of legal issues related to technology, this resource provides case summaries and proactive strategies on privacy, security, copyright, appropriate online behavior, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Scott McLeod
"Bissonette has made an extremely important contribution to the technology leadership literature. School leaders face extraordinary challenges as they balance student empowerment with organizational responsibility. This book's clear guidance, real-life scenarios, and practical tips help administrators navigate those shoals effectively."
The School Administrator
"The strengths of the book are the references to policy revisions and enforcement. Each chapter contains a helpful checklist for school leaders on student and staff use of technology on school grounds."
Michael A. Burke
"Bissonette has provided a very timely and thought-provoking reference for media specialists and IT administrators on current legal issues brought about by the proliferation of electronic media devices in 21st-century classrooms. This is an easy-to-follow and understandable guide using sample case studies and sidebars."
John A. Arikian
"This book offers suggestions that can be used to write policy at the federal, state, or local levels, but also offers concrete ideas that can be used tomorrow morning by classroom teachers. The author has a gift for condensing complicated legal concepts into easily understood bites for education professionals, allowing them to act responsibly and to anticipate what is yet to come."
Karen A. Sorvaag
"Bissonette provides clear explanations of how district policies and actions have been supported in legal cases. The book does an excellent job of providing real-world examples that are meaningful to the practicing teacher, reminding teachers and school leaders of the ever-increasing need to educate students in the appropriate and ethical use of technology."
Scott Mc Leod
"Bissonette has made an extremely important contribution to the technology leadership literature. School leaders face extraordinary challenges as they balance student empowerment with organizational responsibility. This book's clear guidance, real-life scenarios, and practical tips help administrators navigate those shoals effectively."
VOYA - Beth E. Andersen
Social networking. Cell phone cameras used to send sexy photos. Texting used to cheat on exams. Teachers moonlighting at comedy clubs. Free speech versus school rules. Current and emerging technologies not only have tremendously advanced learning, but they also have enormously complicated life for students, teachers, and administrators who are navigating the legal issues involved in dozens of scenarios. Bissonette's wellorganized, well-researched book is a manual for how to do it right, how to do it efficiently, and how to prepare for the future. She emphasizes repeatedly that the first order of business is to have clear, well-written policies that have been vetted by each school's legal team. She delineates the difference between legal and ethical issues and offers solutions for each category. She tackles cyberbullying and the use of the Internet by staff and students, and spends a chapter on copyright challenges in the classroom. Each chapter has a checklist and a sidebar box for online resources. Bissonette, an attorney and teacher, offers samples of policies geared to specific concerns, such as social networking and blogging, as well as an extensive example on acceptable use. A sign of the blistering pace of changing technology is that this 2009 resource has no mention of Twitter, which clearly needs to be addressed. It is an invaluable reference that should be part of all school districts' professional resources. Reviewer: Beth E. Andersen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412966146
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/9/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Aimée Bissonette is a lawyer, teacher, and writer. She has written extensively for trade publications and conducts training sessions for corporate, educational, and nonprofit groups (nationally and internationally) on the topics of copyright, rights negotiation and licensing, and the legal issues associated with technology in schools. She has written Web site copy for two Web sites on intellectual property and copyright law, and has written and co-produced a satellite broadcast for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities titled Copyright Considerations for Higher Education. She practices law with Little Buffalo Law & Consulting in Minneapolis, MN.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
1. Cyberbullying: Curbing Student Use of Technology to Intimidate and Harass Others
2. Student Use of the Internet: Reducing Inappropriate Internet Behaviors
3. Staff Use of the Internet: Drawing a Line Between Teachers' Public and Private Lives
4. Privacy and Security: Protecting Student Information
5. The School as an Internet Service Provider: Providing Access and Protecting Students
6. Copyright Law in the Classroom: Steering Clear of Legal Liability
7. Policies, Procedures, and Contracts: Communicating Expectations to Teachers, Students, and Parents
8. Ethical Issues: Developing Responsible Internet Citizens
9. Looking Ahead: Keeping an Eye on the Future
Resource A: How Laws Affect the Schools and Teachers Who Embrace Technology in Learning
Resource B: Sample Acceptable Use Policy
Glossary of Terms
Suggested Readings

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