Long Island - Lawrence High School Students Get A Presentation From Nassau County District Attorney's Office About Cyberbullying And Its Effects
April 28, 2011
Cedarhurst, NY, April 28, 2011 - Cablevision's Power to Learn, along with Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Assistant District Attorney Anne Donnelly, held an assembly for the student body at Lawrence High School as part of a partnership between Cablevision's Delete Cyberbullying, a year-long public service initiative and Nassau County DA Rice's initiative S.T.O.P Then Send, an innovative, multi-media presentation designed to teach kids, parent and educators about the dangers of Cyberbullying, "sexting," Internet predators and social networking websites. After welcoming remarks by DA Rice, Principal Dr. Jennifer Lagnado and Cablevision VP of Education Trent Anderson, ADA Donnelly discussed the subject, explaining the current legal consequences of online bullying and citing a variety of real-world examples of the issues related to digital media safety. After ADA Donnelly's presentation, students participated in a Q&A with her and DA Rice. Students were then encouraged to participate in Power to Learn's "Delete Cyberbullying" contest and were invited to sign the Delete Cyberbullying pledge on display in the auditorium.
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"Bullies have been around forever, but technology has given them a whole new platform for their actions and the results can be devastating," noted District Attorney Rice. "As parents and educators, we have a responsibility to instruct our children as to what comprises appropriate Internet behavior, making them realize both the dangers of cyberspace and the legal consequences of Cyberbullying. I applaud Cablevision's Power to Learn program for providing the resources necessary to ensure a safe online experience."
Assistant District Attorney Donnelly concurred, noting, "As we know, young people have fully embraced the Internet as both an environment for learning and socializing. I believe we must educate teens today on the far-reaching repercussions of cyberbullying and make them aware that there are clear-cut criminal laws against making threats online. Many students do not realize that if they make threats or bully someone online they could be suspended or expelled from school . or arrested."