Interview with Patrick Corbett
Cheryl Fritze WILS AM 1320 Radio Interview

Cyber Bullying and Other High Tech Crimes Involving Michigan Kids

Patrick Corbett, Professor, Criminal Law & Procedure

Kids are getting into trouble. People can be victims as well as the criminal perpetrators. Any laws out there? Laws that both protect and could be used to prosecute.

Discussion Questions for Teachers [pdf]
Helpful Resources on High Tech Crime [pdf]
High Tech Crime Laws [pdf]
University of Detroit Mercy Law Review Article: "Cyberharassment, Sexting and Other High-Tech Offenses Involving Michigan Residents—Are We Victims or Criminals?" by Partick Corbett [pdf]

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Introduction

My goal is to make you aware of the criminal laws here in Michigan that apply to how people are using the Internet and high tech devices like cell phones. I think these video clips will be particularly helpful to older middle schoolers and high schoolers. Nevertheless, it is intended for usage by anyone who might find the information useful - parents, teachers, and adults. Watch this video directly on YouTube

1] Child Pornography

How the criminal laws of Michigan might apply to how people use high tech devices like a cell phone camera to take and exchange sexual photos of people under the age of 18. It will help you recognize if you are committing a crime by taking such a photo, sharing the photo or merely possessing the photo on your cell phone. Watch this video directly on YouTube.

2] Cyber Harassment and
Social Networks

How the criminal laws of Michigan might apply to how people use high tech communication tools like Facebook. My goal is to make you aware of the criminal laws here in Michigan that apply to how people are using the Internet. It will help you recognize if you are a victim of cyber harassment. It will also help you recognize if you are doing something illegal in how you are communicating.

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3] Identity Theft

How the criminal laws of Michigan might apply when a person uses the personal identifying information of another person. It will help you recognize how much value the law places on each of our personal identities. Hopefully, it will motivate you to protect not only your personal information but also to respect the privacy of the personal information of others. Watch this video directly on YouTube

 

 

4] Voyeurism

How the criminal laws of Michigan might apply to how people use high tech devices to spy on others. It will help you recognize that just because a device you own - like a cell phone with a movie making capability - is capable of doing something like filming another person, does NOT mean that all uses of the device are lawful.

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5] Cyber Harassment and Text Messaging

How the criminal laws of Michigan might apply to how people use text messaging. My goal is to make you aware of the criminal laws here in Michigan that apply to how people are using high tech devices like cell phones.

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6] Hacking

How the criminal laws of Michigan might apply to how people use computer systems that belong to others. It will help you recognize that just because you are technologically capable of doing something on a computer system of another - because you are smart enough to know how - does not mean such conduct is legal.

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7] Recording a Private Conversation

How the criminal laws of Michigan might apply to the recording of a private conversation of others. This information is important because it will help you recognize if you are doing something illegal in listening to the private conversation of others.

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8] Non-Criminal Consequences

Some non-criminal consequences that might arise if we use the Internet or high tech devices in the wrong way. Not every case will be prosecuted. Nevertheless, some bad things can happen if we use the Internet or high tech devices responsibly. Have your eyes wide open as you make choices on how to use the many forms of technology available today. Hopefully, you will make good choices. Watch this video directly on YouTube

 

 

 

Patrick Corbett, Professor

Experience: Former Federal Prosecutor, Former Deputy Chief of High Tech Crime Unit at the Michigan Attorney Generals Office

Specialties: Criminal Law and Procedure

Courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Computer Crimes


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