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Sexting, Cyberbullying and Media Manipulation and Their Dangerous Consequences

How our laws have become outpaced by technology

Cyberbullying is rampant. Sexy pictures end up in the wrong hands. Rumors and lies go viral. People are impersonated on social media. We are facing an unprecedented crisis of fake news, misinformation, and disinformation. The average person can now find cutting-edge tools that can alter photos and videos. And artificial intelligence and machine learning can manipulate videos—called deepfakes—that look insanely real.

  • Date of Webcast: April 18, 2024
  • Duration: Approximately 2 hours
  • Format: MP4

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  • Felicia Farber, award-winning author/attorney who regularly speaks and writes on the inadequacy of today’s laws in dealing with sexting and cyberbullying, particularly with respect to minors.
  • Kimberly Yonta, former New Jersey State Bar Association President
  • Michael Kaelber, Coordinator of Continuing Legal Education and Research, LEGAL ONE
  • Stuart Green, Director, NJ Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention; Associate Director, Overlook Family Medicine Residency Behavioral Scientist, Atlantic Health System
  • Karen Painter Randall, Chair, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and Incident Response Group, Connell Foley, LLP

More about Felicia Farber: Award-winning author/attorney Felicia Farber shines a spotlight on some of the most critical issues facing today’s kids. Teens and tweens are typically unaware of the social and legal dangers they face every time they use their cell phones and electronic devices. They don’t know that many of our laws trail in the dust of technological advancements and there are major risks to some of their most common digital activities.

Farber’s contemporary YA novel, Ice Queen, winner of 11 awards, puts ordinary kids into real-life situations that many adolescents regularly contend with—from cyber-bullying and sexting to revenge porn and cyber-harassment—and explores their dangerous ramifications. Her forthcoming novel, Fake Out, gives an eye-opening look at the burgeoning problem of manipulated media, illustrating its devastating consequences to ordinary high school students.