Rick Mann is an attorney who attended Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, and graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in education (1968), and a Juris Doctor Degree in Law (1970). He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Southern Division, and the Ohio Supreme Court. He is a widely published author and speaker, who served as primary State Legal Counsel for the Ohio Association of Secondary Administrators.

He is also a thirty-year member of the national Education Law Association and has been listed in Who’s Who in American Law for over 40 years.

Mr. Mann’s own history as a parent and a teacher, and later as legal counsel to school administrators, has made him passionate about the safety of students in changing times. His primary focus is on the dangers of accidental misuse of digital media and its associated pitfalls; including, but not limited to social networks, cyber cheating, cyber bullying, sexting, and sextortion.

His presentations (now to over 60,000 students) emphasize helping students avoid becoming perpetrators or victims of exploitation in the Cyber World. As Mr. Mann puts it, the first line of defense is knowledge, and the end game for every student and parent is, “THINK…… BEFORE YOU CLICK.”

“Engaging and Informative”

Mr. Mann’s presentation to our high school students was engaging and informative. I could hear students talking about it in the hallway during class changes and several teachers continued the conversations in their classrooms that day. Several weeks later during an investigation involving sexting one of our students stated, “After the assembly earlier this year, I will never send a naked picture of myself because you never know where it will end up.” That was a clear indication that our students listened and are following the message Mr. Mann delivered.


Elise Stephan, Principal Nelsonville-York High School, Nelsonville, Ohio