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Why You Should Attend
In the age of virtual classroom “bombing” and with the increasing proliferation and popularity of social media platforms and applications, it is critical to educate young people about their rights and obligations in online environments and with respect to related conduct. This innovative program (the “Cyber Dignity Program”) will provide instruction to attorneys who are interested in increasing their pro bono engagement in the furtherance of promoting the safety and dignity of teens and young adults—with a focus on the complexities of navigating the digital age and deterring related unlawful conduct. Attorneys from all practice areas who are interested in pro bono work can make a significant impact by learning about and implementing pro bono initiatives modeled on the Cyber Dignity Program.
The goals of this program are to train attorneys on 1) empowering teens and young adults to know and exercise their rights in relation to online misconduct and related criminal conduct, 2) content directed at deterring unlawful online and related misconduct that far too often results in tragic outcomes, and 3) how best to engage teen and young adult bystanders to help their peers to navigate the pitfalls of technology misuse and to report misconduct.
The Cyber Dignity Program will cover issues ranging from cyberbullying, sexual consent, human trafficking, online hate crimes, teen sexting and the dissemination of unlawful content over social media and other online platforms. You will learn about the mechanics of an effective Cyber Dignity Program, including how to adapt and roll out such a program in any high school or college in California.
Through this program, you will learn how to teach young people the importance of compliance with digital-age laws, terms of service and community guidelines that apply to most social media platforms.
What You Will Learn
- How to set up or join a pro bono program modeled on the Cyber Dignity Program
- California and federal criminal law relevant to the Cyber Dignity Program, including human trafficking, child pornography, hate crimes, cyber-harassment and cyber-stalking
- Civil causes of action, civil rights laws, Title IX and school district compliance relevant to the Cyber Dignity Program
- Effective litigation strategies to advocate for young people who are victims of online crimes or abuse
- Identifying initiatives and resources for teens and young adults to support online safety and mental health
Who Should Attend
This innovative program will provide instruction to attorneys who are interested in increasing their pro bono engagement in the furtherance of the safety and dignity of teens and young adults—both offline and online. Attorneys from all practice areas who are interested in pro bono work can make a significant impact by learning about and implementing a program based on knowledge of the laws in areas of increasing significance to teens and young adults: social media and the digital realm, more generally.