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State Bar of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 21, 2010

Contact:  Kim Davey, kdavey@texasbar.com, 800.204.2222 ext. 1713

Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) Wins Three National Awards for “R U Safe? Protecting Yourself in Cyberspace”

AUSTIN – With increasing and alarming news reports about the dangers and consequences of online behavior – especially cyber bullying and “sexting” among young people – the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) is reminding the public that it has produced an award-winning video to educate children and parents about cyber safety.

TYLA has been honored with three distinguished national awards –the American Bar Association (ABA)/Young Lawyers Division Service to the Public 1st Place Award, the American Bar Endowment Outstanding Public Service Project Award, and the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE)/LexisNexis Community and Educational Outreach Award – for “R U Safe? Protecting Yourself in Cyberspace.”

“R U Safe?” is designed to educate students at every age level, and their parents, about online dangers and give them the tools to be safe online. Coordinating with experts from law enforcement and child advocacy groups, the video covers such wide-ranging topics as cyber bullying, social networking sites, chat rooms, “sexting,” and online predators. In addition to educating children on personal protections and how to report suspicious activity, the video educates them about the legal consequences to some online activities – like “sexting” and cyber bullying – that can land them in trouble with the law.

“Research indicates that kids who’ve talked to parents or guardians ignore messages from unfamiliar people, refuse to reply or chat, block unknown senders, and report these occurrences to trusted adults,” said Cori Harbour of El Paso, immediate past president of TYLA. “Education regarding online safety is proving instrumental in the fight against online predators.”

“R U Safe?” is available for viewing and downloading at www.tyla.org or may be requested by calling 800.204.2222 x 1529. The project is made possible by a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation, the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the country.

TYLA, widely recognized as the public service arm of the State Bar of Texas, develops programs designed to assist Texas attorneys in the practice of law and provides legal education to Texans as a public service. TYLA’s main purposes are to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All licensed Texas attorneys who are 36 years old or younger or who are in their first five years of licensure regardless of age, are automatically members of TYLA.