The class of 2015 high school seniors in Suburban Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia, was given an opportunity to help put an end to online bullying – and potentially win a scholarship to help pay their college expenses.
The explosion of social media, texting and other forms of electronic communication have given young people a powerful new way to connect. But they also have a darker side. Some teens use electronic technology to harass, humiliate, threaten, make fun of and spread rumors about others – a phenomenon referred to as “cyber bullying.” The Abelson Law Firm is on a mission to help put an end to cyber bullying and prevent more young lives from being scarred by online torment.
We couldn’t do this alone. We needed the firsthand perspective of these high school seniors who understood the social dynamics in local high schools. We asked applicants to get creative and produce a video that is 60 seconds or shorter to urge students to put an end to cyber bullying. In exchange, we awarded scholarship money to the applicants who produced the best videos.
A $2,000 scholarship was awarded to the first-place winner. The second-place winner received a $1,000 scholarship. An iPad Mini was awarded as an honorable mention prize to the applicant whose video got the most votes on social media.
As a law firm committed to Seeking Justice for the Injured in the Washington D.C. area, The Abelson Law Firm is dedicated to making our community safer for teenagers. We know that young people are our most valuable resource – a group who can really make a difference in their communities. Our commitment to the Washington D.C. area includes helping students realize their dreams of pursing a college education and a meaningful career.
Everyone at our firm wishes you good luck as we eagerly anticipate the creativity your videos will display.