Cowell students get the facts on cyber bullying

CYBER: Cleve's Brevet Sergeant Sean Patton discusses cyber safety with the Cowell Area School senior students.
CYBER: Cleve's Brevet Sergeant Sean Patton discusses cyber safety with the Cowell Area School senior students.

Cowell Area Students were given all the facts about how to be safe on the web by Cleve police officer in charge Brevet Sergeant Sean Patton on Thursday.

Brevet Sergeant Patton gave three interactive sessions at the school, one to parents, one to students in years 5, 6 and 7 and one to students in years 8 to 11.

He spoke predominantly about social media, how it affects people and what laws there were for the use of social media.

During the junior session, the students were told about how bullying could have an effect on the victim as well as the perpetrator. 

He asked the students how they would feel if they were the one to say that one last mean thing to someone who took their own life.

He encouraged the students to speak up if they were ever bullied, that way it could be addressed and stopped.

The senior session focused on the social media and the issue of ‘sexting’.

Cowell Area School runs cyber safety sessions yearly prior to the end of the school year, which is when the students spend more time on social media.