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Warren High School Discusses Bullying

Bullying, cyber bullying, sexting, It's all becoming too familiar, but Warren High School has taken a stand and tried to prevent it before it gets too far.

The school invited The Digital Innocence Recovery Group, consisting of two aw enforcement agents in Central Ohio who specialize in Internet forensics.

As if it's not hard enough talking to teens, try talking to them about sexting or cyber bullying.

"If they haven't already seen an example of it then they're going to at some point in time and it will register in some way I'm sure," explains Warren High School Assistant Principal, David Hanning.

But Warren High School students weren't just told not to do it, they were made aware of when it crosses the line from bullying or sexting to being a crime.

"What we're trying to show is to educate, that way when you guys walk out of here you can't say, I didn't know, you can't play dumb if you take this route now," explains Vice President of Digital Innocence Recovery Group, Brian Correll.

The Digital Innocence Recovery Group addressed boys, girls, and even teachers separately to better relate to each group.

While the talk was similar, boys were made more aware of soliciting sexting and girls were confronted with the reality of cyber bullying.

"Attacks on line can be a lot more hostile, a lot more aggressive," explains Digital Innocence Recovery Group President, Don Stanko.

Students watched videos relating to everyday events, they also learned they can be held responsible for anything they do on line or on their phones.

"Everything that you do on line, it doesn't just go away. If you send something out from your computer, if you download something, hitting delete doesn't remove it, it's still there," says Stanko.

It's about protecting themselves and their friends from committing a crime or even being the victim.

"That kind of information will maybe help them think twice before they do something that might get them into trouble or help them identify if somebody else is doing it," says Hanning.

The students were able to ask questions and learn about the topic from professionals who deal with it almost daily

"We're going to talk to the teachers about the capabilities of technology we're going to talk to them about how cyber bullying is going to be an issue for them and when they need to address it," says Stanko.


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