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”

I believe this assembly had an especially positive impact on our students.

After Rick was done speaking, one of our “frequent fliers” (in the office for discipline…often) approached me and asked if he could get a pass to the restroom. When I asked him why he couldn’t simply stop there on his way back to class, he told me, “I’m gonna be a while.” I laughed, told him that was fine, and asked him hey he was going to be so long. His response: “Because I got a LOT of stuff I need to delete off my phone. After hearing Mr. Mann speak, I’m scared. I didn’t know any of that stuff was a felony, and I don’t want to ruin my life.” I wrote him the pass.

Jonathan Kuehnle, Principal Circleville High School Circleville, Ohio