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Computer game takes aim at cyber bullying


Schools in Massachusetts’ Bristol and Plymouth counties will be the first in the nation to use a new computer game to educate children about bullying over cell phones and the internet, reports the Taunton Daily Gazette. Canadian software company LiveWires, through a partnership with the two counties’ district attorneys, is providing the schools with its computer game "Braincells," which was designed to educate children about cyber bullying and cell-phone hackers.?"I believe this program will be a very inexpensive and effective way to educate children about bullying over the internet and cell phones," Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter said during a Jan. 29 press conference at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School. "Our first responsibility as DAs is the prosecution of crimes. [But] in my opinion, an increasingly important aspect of the DA’s work is crime prevention." Bridgewater-Raynham has piloted other internet safety programs created by LiveWires, including "Missing," an educational game that teaches children about avoiding sexual predators online. Since the district first used the game, 15 million other students across the country have followed suit…

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