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Leah is an expert in digital privacy law & digital life for kids & teens & families, as well as a leader in developing and operationalizing innovations in digital higher education. 

She is an Associate Professor of Legal Skills, Associate Dean for Administration, and Director of Academic Success at University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, where she has been a chief architect of a one-of-a-kind hybrid online/residential JD program in Intellectual Property, Information, and Technology Law (launched fall 2019) and a preliminary bar exam program that uses performance data to inform student and school success. 

Leah is the author of SHARENTHOOD: Why We Should Think before We Talk about Our Kids Online (MIT Press; September 2019), a critically-acclaimed book that was incubated through her work as a fellow with the Youth & Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Leah lives with her family in Concord, NH, where she is active in civic life, including service on the boards of the ACLU of New Hampshire (current) and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (past).


Projects & Tools

Youth and Media

Youth and Media (YaM) encompasses an array of research, advocacy, and development initiatives around youth (age 12-18) and digital technology. More

Digital Citizenship+ Resource Platform

The DCRP is an evolving collection of tools that you can use to learn more about safety, privacy, information quality, and creative expression. More

Past

Student Privacy Initiative

The Student Privacy Initiative-- part of the Center's growing suite of Privacy Initiatives-- aims to surface, identify, and evaluate central privacy issues and opportunities that… More


Publications

Publication
Sep 26, 2016

Student Privacy and Ed Tech (K-12) Research Briefing

This research briefing builds upon student privacy research and activities, and aims to translate these into practical take-aways.  More

Jul 30, 2015

Student Privacy: The Next Frontier

Emerging & Future Privacy Issues in K-12 Learning Environments

Building off several prior working meetings which mapped and considered the implications of the new and rapidly evolving ecosystem of networked technology being used with… More

Publication
Jun 2, 2014

Framing the Law & Policy Picture: A Snapshot of K-12 Cloud-Based Ed Tech & Student Privacy in Early 2014

This paper provides a snapshot of key aspects of a diverse—and heated—law, policy, and implementation debate that is taking place in the rapidly evolving cloud-based ed tech… More

Publication
Jan 15, 2014

Student Privacy and Cloud Computing at the District Level: Next Steps and Key Issues

This report offers recommended next steps and prioritized open issues in the K-12 educational technology (edtech) space, with a special emphasis on two topics: (1) law and policy… More


Community

Armchair Expert

Leah Plunkett joins Armchair Expert podcast

Plunkett discusses sharing kids’ data on social media

Sep 17, 2020
Coda

Education monitoring tech soars as result of Covid-19

Leah Plunkett discusses privacy concerns about online education

Aug 24, 2020
WGBH

Digital Bingeing: Time On Screens During COVID-19

We're turning to screens more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. But what are the implications of spending so much time online?

May 22, 2020
NBC4 WCMH

Do’s and Don’ts of sharing content involving your kids

When it comes to children’s privacy online, the law is spotty.

Apr 29, 2020
CNN

We've made new rules to protect our families. We must protect kids' privacy too.

Leah Plunkett on the importance of protecting child privacy while social distancing.

Apr 22, 2020
Jefferson Public Radio

Over-sharing Your Kids In The Social Media Age

Faculty associate Leah Plunkett joins The Jefferson Exchange to discuss the problems with parents creating a digital dossier that could follow their kids for life. …

Jan 8, 2020
Fast Company

I wrote the book on ‘sharenting.’ Here’s how you can do right by your kids online

Leah Plunkett on how you should navigate your child's digital footprint. “To save their childhood, youth today need us, their parents, to fight against our …

Dec 16, 2019
WNYC

'Sharenthood: Why We Should Think Before We Talk About Our Kids Online'

Leah Plunkett discusses her new book with WNYC

Oct 30, 2019
KUOW

Hey Alexa: are you a bad influence on my kid?

Leah Plunkett talks about her new book, Sharenthood: Why We Should Think Before We Talk About Our Kids Online.

Oct 21, 2019
The Harvard Gazette

The do’s and don’ts of sharing about your children online

Leah Plunkett shares tips for navigating technology when it comes to kids

Oct 11, 2019
Fatherly

The Dangers of Social Media “Sharenting”: Why You Should Think Twice Before You Post

Leah Plunkett urges parents to stop and think before sharing family photos, stories, and data online.

Sep 23, 2019
The New Yorker

Instagram, Facebook, and the Perils of “Sharenting”

What happens when the slow telos of parenthood meets the insatiable rhythms of social media?

Sep 11, 2019
The Boston Globe

Are you sure you want to post that about your kid on Facebook?

Why oversharing about children today could end up hurting them for years to come.

Sep 10, 2019
The Notebook

Cyber operator exposed students’ personal data

Faculty associate explains why FERPA is difficult to enforce

Aug 22, 2019

Events

Nov 10, 2020 @ 4:00 PM

The Connected Parent: An Expert Guide to Parenting in a Digital World

A Harvard Law School Library Faculty Book Talk with Urs Gasser and John Palfrey

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Nov 19, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Sharenthood: How Parents, Teachers, and Other Trusted Adults Harm Youth Privacy & Opportunity

Featuring Leah Plunkett

VIDEO & PODCAST: How and why adults should not (or should) share information about kids and teens through digital technologies More

Nov 18, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Sharenthood: How Parents, Teachers, and Other Trusted Adults Harm Youth Privacy & Opportunity – and How We Can Fix It.

Featuring Leah Plunkett

How and why adults should not (or should) share information about kids and teens through digital technologies More

Event
Dec 8, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

State of Student Privacy

with Urs Gasser, Sandra Cortesi, Dalia Topelson Ritvo, Paulina Haduong, and Leah Plunkett

The Berkman Center’s Student Privacy Initiative will be taking stock of our student privacy work to date and exploring future directions. At this luncheon, the Berkman team will… More

Event
Jun 3, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

Framing the Law & Policy Picture: A Snapshot of K-12 Cloud-Based Ed Tech & Student Privacy in Early 2014

Leah Plunkett, Alicia Solow-Niederman, and Urs Gasser

The Berkman Center’s Student Privacy Initiative team presents a snapshot of K-12 cloud-based ed tech and student privacy in early 2014 before turning to pragmatic law and policy… More