April 23, 2012

When the reputation of a student, teacher or school can be brought down by a YouTube posting, blog or anonymous email, educators need to be "more vigilant than ever."

That was the advice for participants attending an April 12 workshop during the annual National Catholic Educational Association convention in Boston.

Sister Mary Angela Shaughnessy, executive director of the Education Law Institute in Louisville, Ky., told Catholic teachers and administrators that they cannot ignore what students are doing online.

She said school leaders often ask her: "Can't we just say it's not our problem?" since Facebook postings, for example, are not school-related activities.

Her response is point-blank: "No."