As a part of their Ethical Issues in Representing Children class, second year law students Jason Lambert and Michael Addams paired up to research child exploitation crimes. During their research, the topic of cyberbullying spoke to both of them as dads, and the resulting presentation, “Sexting, Cyberbullying, and Online Predators: Teens in a digital world,” earned them an invitation to present to 150 students and educators at the State Future Business Leaders of America conference in Spokane the last week of April.
Addressing Real-World Issues
The presentation Lambert and Addams created addresses many of the issues that teens face, but are not aware of. Many of the criminal charges associated with cyberbullying and sexting are not limited to individuals 18 years of age or older. “Many of the students were very surprised to see the links between sexting, cyberbullying, and online predators,” explained Addams.
Drawing on Student Experience
“One of the biggest surprises was that the students were so much more involved than we expected,” said Lambert. “They validated all the research with their real-world stories and experiences.” The pair presented with Joy Davis, a Ferris High School student and Miss Spokane’s Outstanding Teen, who advocates on a platform of addressing general bullying issues. Lambert and Addams have already been asked to present next year to schools in Asotin County, Washington, and have hopes of taking their presentation to other schools.