Texting, Sexting, Cyberbullying Expert to Speak in RI
Friday, October 29, 2010
“We have these national issues taking place, and with the increased development of technology, the timing is certainly ripe,” says Kane. An attorney and nationally recognized expert with more than 25 years experience in the field of education law, Kane founded the Center for Education Law, Policy and Practices located at the East Bay Educational Collaborative in Warren where he serves as Director and Chief Editor for that organization. He also practices law with the firm of Taylor Duane Barton & Gilman, LLP, in the firm’s education and labor divisions.
Rhode Island Protections
In his keynote address, Kane said he’ll outline some of the Rhode Island’s laws and discuss confidentiality and privacy issues that are related to the topic. For example, he said, if a student sends a text message that is sexual in nature (also known as “sexting”), and that student is a minor, that action can be prosecuted under child pornography laws. The action, he explained, could mean that under existing law, that person would be required to identify themselves as a registered sex offender for the rest of their life.
Salve Regina University faculty members Kathleen Nickerson and Deborah Curtis will serve as panel experts during a discussion following the keynote lecture. The forum, free and open to the public, is being presented by The Aquidneck Collaborative for Education, a partnership of local schools spearheaded and coordinated by Salve Regina University’s education department. No registration is necessary.
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