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A UW Continuing Studies program focuses on how to manage your digital reputation.

For Pete’s sake, where is this world heading?

That’s what most of us think when we hear some of the new terms that have entered our country’s vocabulary; words like:

  • Sexting,
  • Cyberbullying,
  • Sextcasting, and
  • Sextortion.

And these are not words spoken in the dark underbelly of dangerous neighborhoods; these are words that describe growing behavior in this country’s middle and high schools and conduct by some of our well-celebrated athletes and politicians.

Just this week, news writers expressed shock over some Ohio high school football players and their brazen posting of insensitive videos on social media that lead to their sentencing for rape.

To address this growing issue, UW-Madison Continuing Studies will present a program that provides professionals with greater awareness of negative, irresponsible, and malicious digital behaviors and trends. The session also will provide eye-opening solutions.

On April 9 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Pyle Center on campus, the program Public and Permanent: How to Prevent Cyber-bullying, Sexting, Social Media Abuse, and Other Cyber Issues will focus on:

  • Essential cyber-danger prevention strategies,
  • Preventing any digital issue from harming you or your clients,
  • Avoiding criminal exploitation through digital technology/social media, and
  • Teaching digital safety, responsibility, and awareness to anyone of any age.

The session is led by Richard Guerry, founder and executive director of the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication, and a former executive in the information technology field.

Guerry has spoken to more than 700 groups across the United States and Canada, including the National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention, the Internationally Bullying Prevention Association meeting, and the National Symposium on Child Abuse. He has appeared as a digital safety advocate on CNN, MTV’s “Thin Line Campaign,” and in Parade magazine.



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