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Bishop McNamara High School was honored to host Deputy County Attorney for Government Operations in Prince George's County Ms. Tara Jackson on Tuesday, February 28th, for a lecture on social media and its legal impact.
Ms. Jackson provided several examples to students of criminal court cases that involved social media misuse. She expressed to students how cyber bullying is indeed a serious matter, and that several laws are in place to protect people from electronic harassment. One of her most important lessons that Ms. Jackson shared during her lecture was that online behavior "is reflective of who you are as a person."
She left the students with six points to remember when it comes to using social media:
1 – Before you judge someone else's mistakes, think about the mistakes you've made and how you'd feel if everyone knew them.
2 – Think before you act or speak.
3 – Don't complain all the time; you're getting an extraordinary education at McNamara to come up with solutions, not point out all the problems in the world without solving them.
4 – When there's a conflict, talk to the person face-to-face. Don't use social media or texting to communicate about the problem.
5 – Use delete when necessary.
6 – Turn off social media sometimes. It's okay to take a break.
She encouraged students to think about this series of questions: "Who are you? Who do you want to be? What do you stand for?"
Ms. Jackson is the wife of BMHS alumnus Mr. Paul Jackson II '94, who is also a member of the BMHS Board of Directors.