On October 10th, MTV will premiere (dis)connected, an original movie about four young people whose lives unexpectedly collide online. The film illustrates how growing up digital can complicate life and love, and was inspired by the true, tragic tale of Abraham Biggs – a 19-year-old who battled bipolar disorder and ultimately webcast his suicide after being egged on by a digital mob. The movie vividly illustrates what’s possible when we forget there’s someone on the other side of the screen, and calls on the audience to stand up for their digital rights via the MTV Digital Rights Project.
MTV‘s Digital Rights Project wants to amplify young peoples’ voices in the fight to end digital abuse. Going beyond a pledge or simple list of do’s and don’ts, it asks youth to share what they believe they deserve when interacting with others online. Some of the most popular rights our audience has already submitted include:
Online and on my cell, I have the right to…
* live without pressure or abuse.
* end unhealthy relationships.
* step in and help if I see someone getting harassed.
* take control of my decisions.
* disconnect whenever I want to.
Do you have other rights to add to the list? Be a part of the conversation! Visit www.athinline.org to learn more.