We would like to ask our Notre Dame parents to take some time to have discussions with our young adults about PROPER electronic communications. Our students should understand that anything posted online is there forever. Anything negative associated with your name could keep you from getting into college or even from getting a job in the future. Our students should not tweet, Instagram, Snapshot, or post on a Facebook wall anything they would not say in person or to someone’s face. Bad language and gossip should not be part of your tweets. Copies of inappropriate tweets, emails, and postings find themselves on the desk of our Student Life Office. We need your help to educate our students on the dangers and harm of these comments. We must encourage our students to THINK before you tweet or Retweet another’s negative message. Threats and inappropriate comments are not acceptable.
On September 1, 2011; P.L.2010, Chapter 122; “Anti-Bullying Bill of Right Act” was passed. “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents…that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function on a school bus, or off school grounds that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students. Consequences may include: Warning, detention, Saturday detention, Saturday school, Suspension, Expulsion, law enforcement notification. Please review pages 26 and 27 of our student handbook. Research and read on line: “A parent’s guide to Twitter”, “Internet, Children, and Teens”, “Technology and Your Children”, “Internet Parent Guide”, “Social Networking and Your Child”, for further information. Social networking has a massive following among our teens. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapshot, Oovoo, and other networking sites are here to stay. It is very important that we all understand the pros and cons and how to use it properly. May all your TWEETS be Merry and all your conversations with your young adult be positive.