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Why You Should Attend
Growing up in the digital age where new apps and online content distribution models proliferate as quickly as the legal issues they may raise, it is critical that teens and young adults learn of their rights and obligations as they navigate the digital platform landscape and make choices about their intended and unintended “digital footprints” and sexual behavior.
Although social media and content-sharing apps are neutral and can and are used for very positive and socially-beneficial initiatives, such as community-building, these tools have in many ways magnified the complexity of the issues teens and young adults face, as well as the potential for unintended consequences.
What You Will Learn
Through this program, you will learn how to become involved in or set up a “cyber-dignity” program to help to guide young people to exercise their rights and understand their obligations at the intersection of online behavior an intimacy.
The specific 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.
This program will cover issues ranging from cyberbullying, sexual consent, human trafficking, online hate crimes and the increasing practice of teen sexting, in which people share sexual images of themselves that can then be easily disseminated to unintended recipients, and the potential legal consequences for those involved. You will learn about model “cyber dignity” curricula, as well as the nuts and bolts of how to build or expand a cyber dignity program at any high school or college.
Who Should Attend
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 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.