Access Denied: Should Youth Access to the Internet be Restricted?
The American Bar Association Division for Public Education is seeking 35 high school Social Studies classrooms to participate in the 2003 National Online Youth Summit. The summit topic is, "Access Denied: Should Youth Access to the Internet Be Restricted?" It will begin in January 2003.
The purpose of the National Online Youth Summit is to encourage students to learn, think critically about and discuss a public policy issue that is both timely and law related and to model and teach skills of civil dialogue and inquiry. The summit gives students an opportunity to learn about legal and policy issues with peers, public policy resource persons, and law leaders. Discussions are made possible through the use of Web-based conferencing software.
High school teachers participating in the summit will participate in an online orientation. They will receive training in the use of the Web-based conferencing software to be used during the summit, a resource guide with background material and instructional aids, ongoing instructional and classroom management support, and a $300 stipend for managing studentsí participation.
Those interested in participating in the 2003 National Online Youth Summit should apply online at http://www.abanet.org/publiced/noys/ by Nov. 22. Additional information about the project is available on this Web site. The summit is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
This is the fifth online summit sponsored by the division.
Participating students will complete a series of activities to share with other schools online, share their opinions both in their classrooms and nationally with other students using Web-based conferencing software, and engage in an online question and answer session with legal and public policy experts via message boards.
The ABA strives to reach a wide geographic area and to serve a diverse mix of students. All high schools are encouraged to apply.
One of the goals of the ABA Division for Public Education is to make the law more understandable to the public. The division conducts conferences; sponsors youth programs; publishes periodicals, books, and other resources; sponsors national awards programs; serves as a national information clearinghouse; and provides assistance to educators, lawyers, and others.
The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.
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