Faculty Development Presentation Examines Student Misuse of Technology in Schools
Editor - Published: January 24, 2008
iStock_laptopDangerNeumann College Professor and Widener Law Adjunct Professor Kathleen Conn gave a faculty development presentation on Thursday, January 24th entitled “Cyberbullying and Other Student Misuses of Technology in K-12 Schools”. Members of the faculty and administrative staff packed the Special Collections Room in the library to hear Professor Conn.

Professor Conn’s talk began with an examination of the country’s rising consciousness of the effects of bullying in the wake of events like the April 1999 Columbine Massacre as well as a consideration of what exactly constitutes bullying. A statistical analysis of bullying followed, demonstrating that the problems it creates are a real issue in schools today. Professor Conn then moved on to talk about how bullying interacts with technology. The ubiquity of e-mail, text messaging, message boards, and blogs makes it possible to carry bullying outside of the traditional school environment. The professor’s presentation then moved on to a consideration of the case law that has impacted the use of electronic devices and mediums in cases of bullying and threats, but it is clear that this is an area of the law where substantial work remains to be done.