Cyberbullying's negative impact on adolescent mental health and increasing cases of cyberbullying-induced teen suicide compelled thirty-four states to pass specific cyberbullying legislation. Ohio has also been affected by the disturbing trend. In the past five years, four teens from Mentor High School took their own lives after relentless bullying. The current cyberbullying bill pending in Ohio, the "Jessica Logan Act," is named after a Cincinnati teen who committed suicide after months of online bullying.
A broad range of speakers will demonstrate the legal and clinical implications of cyberbullying:
Senator Joe Schiavoni, lead sponsor of the pending Ohio Senate Bill 127, the Jessica Logan Act, which requires that public school bullying policies: (1) prohibit bullying by electronic means; (2) address certain acts that occur off school property; and (3) require staff training on the bullying policy.
Cynthia Logan, the mother of Jessica Logan, a Cincinnati teen who took her own life after relentless bullying.
Tim Boehnlein, Training and Education Director of the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center of Cleveland. Mr. Boehnlein will address cyberbullying-induced suicide, depression, and adolescent cyberbullying victims’ emotional development. He will also address the legal steps the Center takes when helping adolescent cyberbullying and domestic violence victims. Mr. Boehnlein will be accompanied by Johanna Orozco, a Cleveland woman who was stalked and cyberbullied by her high school boyfriend until his aggression turned violent.
David Frattare, Lead Investigator of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Cleveland. He will discuss the evidentiary problems encountered when investigating cyberbullying cases for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors’ Office and the rehabilitation problems with criminalizing juveniles for cyberbullying conduct.
Pre-registration not necessary; register at the door.
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