Electronic Communication: Legal and Ethical Issues

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Many educators have faced serious consequences from things they’ve written on social media or through email. Our ethical standards as school psychologists say to never compromise our professional effectiveness, so where should we ethically draw the line regarding social media posts about politics or posts about students? Where should you, the school psychologist, ethically draw the line regarding online rants about co-workers or facebook pictures of you drinking at a bar? Where do you ethically draw the line regarding jokes over email or posting assessment scores online, which many school psychologists do on Facebook forums in order to consult the advice of other school psychologists? This engaging, practical presentation gives concrete answers based on reputable sources to difficult ethical dilemmas. It discusses ethical and legal implications when communicating work-related information electronically such as through email. It reviews relevant federal law related to electronic communication, using case law as examples. It also provides helpful recommendations and practical tips for communicating electronically. Presented by Tim McIvor, NCSP in October of 2017, and then substantially revised in June of 2018. It has been revised multiple times since then based on evaluation feedback and updates in technology. The content in this webinar is intertwined with domain 10 of the NASP Practice Model. This individual webinar can be purchased for $25 (scroll down to purchase). Schoolpsych.com’s recorded webinars are non-refundable. Attendees who complete this 1.5-hour webinar will receive 1.5 NASP-Approved CPD credit.

This Counts Towards Three Hours of Legal & Ethics:

Renewing your NCSP requires 3 hours in the category of ethics or legal regulation in school psychology. This 1.5 hour webinar counts towards the required 3 hours of ethics or legal regulation in school psychology.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss ethical issues that may arise when discussing student information electronically. 2. Review relevant federal laws about electronic communication. 3. Provide specific, practical tips regarding work-related emails and other forms of communication.


Timothy McIvor, NCSP is the owner and managing member of Schoolpsych.com. He has been presenting on technology in school psychology since 2015. He worked as a full-time school psychologist for 10 years, including five years in the Clark County School District, Nevada, and five years with Marion County Public Schools, Florida. He completed his training at Northeastern University in Boston. He received NVASP’s Outstanding Service award and MSPA’s Rookie of the Year award. He was a nominee for NASP’s School Psychologist of the Year award.

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“As a trainer and practitioner (for longer than I care to admit), I unequivocally think that this is one of the best presentations ever…. should be required for every fieldwork student! Interesting, relevant, and ENTERTAINING! Cannot say enough!” -Joan

“Presenter focused on 100% relevant and useful information regarding modern ethical and legal dilemmas. He answered questions I didn’t even know I had. Also added points for entertaining/witty presentation style.” -Bethany

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“The presentation contained valuable points and scenarios that I had not considered before. It was a very valuable learning tool to expand my knowledge and encourage critical thinking about situations that may arise in the future.” -Mary

The specific examples were good to see and helped in my understanding of the law regarding electronic communications and social media” -Sarah

“I thought examples were relevant and encouraged thoughtful introspection. I thought the information about the law was important and helpful.” -Michelle

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