BLOOMINGDALE - Students, teachers and support staff at the Jefferson County Vocational School recently attended a bullying prevention program hosted by Don Stanko and Brian Correll of the Digital Innocence Recovery Group from Columbus.
The training included identifying bullying and Internet bullying prevention, sexting prevention, stopping Internet predators, abduction prevention and Internet safety education, according to a release from the school.
Digital Innocence was created in 2008 and is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of Internet related crimes.
Stanko, president, also has been an officer for more than 20 years for a central Ohio police department. He is certified as prevention specialist, self-defense instructor, fitness specialist and undercover investigator for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Correll, DIRG vice president, has worked as a police officer in central Ohio for 25 years. His specialized training includes in computer forensics and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Teachers and support staff continued their professional development with presentations from Tony D'Aurora, supervisor; Cecilia Abdalla, coordinator; Shellie Waggoner, counselor; and Bill Timko, Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy and resource officer.
During the presentation, students and staff were informed of identifying behaviors of the bullied and the bullies, reporting procedures and action and explanations of current laws and individual responsibilities. Oral and visual presentations were made that included question and answer opportunities during the event.