Lawyers can help young people use the internet safely

It seems the internet is full of trolls and abusers. Surviving it can be hard, especially for the young and vulnerable; but experienced professionals, such as lawyers, can help.

A Lawyers in Schools session

A lawyer from Ashurt teaches school students about the law

The news is filled with horrific stories of abuse on the internet. Women have received threats of murder and rape simply for campaigning for a woman’s face to appear on a UK banknote. And, only this morning, we heard of a teenager who committed suicide after being bullied online.

But what is the best way to respond? Is a ‘report abuse’ button anything more than a sop to campaigners? What is acceptable behaviour? How does the law protect us? Should the law be changed?

Parents and teachers play an important role in educating about the internet, but they can’t do it all.

Lawyers can add invaluable expertise to get students really thinking about the issues.

And we can help. The new Social Media and Law module for our Lawyers in Schools programme gives you everything you need to explore these issues with young people.

Lawyers in Schools puts legal professionals into secondary school classrooms to demystify the legal system. More than 40 top law firms and legal teams serve schools in the UK, and the programme is expanding across the globe: starting with CMS Cameron McKenna in Romania and King & Wood Mallesons in Australia.

The new module combines the knowledge of practising lawyers with the experience of current events.

It demystifies the law, puts a human face to the legal system and exposes the potential consequences of using social media. It breaks down the important issues and encourages students to reach their own conclusions regarding acceptable behaviour, related offences and the wisdom of restricting online activity.

Does your firm like a challenge? Do you have what it takes to work with young people? Do you want to help improve life on the internet?

Yes? Then why not register your interest now!

Views expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of the Citizenship Foundation.

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