Suffolk University Law School student volunteers will teach middle-school students about online privacy basics, dealing with passwords, and other Internet safety topics as part of the recently launched National Privacy Education Program.
Suffolk Law is partnering with Fordham Law School’s Center for Law and Information Policy and other law schools for the release of the curriculum for online privacy education geared to middle-school students.
The curriculum features one-hour sessions covering topics such as:
- Privacy basics
- How to deal with passwords and behavioral ads
- Navigating social media and tricky situations
- Understanding mobile, Wi-Fi and facial recognition
- Managing a digital reputation
A pilot program was launched with New York City seventh graders in spring 2013.
Suffolk Law student volunteers will begin teaching at a Boston-area middle school in November 2013. The pro bono project will be supervised by Professors Jessica Silbey and Rebecca Curtin and managed by Mia Friedman, director of public interest and pro bono programs at Suffolk Law’s Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service.
“We are very excited about bringing this important issue of privacy and our digitally networked world to middle-school students in Massachusetts,” Silbey said. “Our Suffolk Law students are keenly aware of issues regarding social networks and digital technology, especially as they impact law practice and justice. We look forward to discussing issues related to Internet safety, online identities and digital communities with middle-school students.”
Fordham is making the curriculum available as a set of free open source documents on the Center for Law and Information Policy website to any educators who want to use the instructional materials to address the many privacy issues teens face as their use of technology skyrockets.
“The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service and the Pro Bono Program are excited to be a part of a new pro bono project designed to provide privacy education to middle-school students,” said Friedman. “This project will not only provide middle-school students with much-needed knowledge about how to handle privacy matters in their everyday lives, but it will give Suffolk Law students the chance to make a difference by going out into the community and teaching about the law.”
Recent reports from the Pew Research Center found that 93 percent of teens ages 12 to 17 go online; 53 percent of teens post their email address online; 20 percent post their cell phone number; and 33 percent are connected online to people they have never met.
In addition to Suffolk Law, participating law schools include Berkeley Law, UC-Irvine, Georgetown, Harvard’s Berkman Center, Idaho, Northern Kentucky, Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, Roger Williams, Seattle, Tulane, Washington University-St. Louis and Yale.