The Student Integrity Committee, which promotes good decision making, presented a week-long program on issues surrounding social media. The students focused on a different aspect of social media each day.
On Monday, all students took a short survey on their iPads during homerooms. The Villa results were compared to national statistics and displayed at the end of the week. The chart showed that although 77% of Villa students reported witnessing cyberbullyng, that number was well below the national figure of 95%.
On Tuesday, Tom Bergstrom, Villa Maria’s admissions representative from Franklin and Marshall College, spoke to the students about how college admissions personnel use social media in the decision process. On Thursday, students viewed a short video clip on cyber bullying during lunch periods and participated in lunch table discussions.
In the video below, Joseph T. Mattson, Esq., explains some of the legal issues involved in the misuse of social media and technology. A 1978 graduate of Villanova School of Law, Joe has been practicing law for over 35 years in Delaware County as a partner with the firm Donohue, McKee, and Mattson, Ltd, located in Havertown. Joe is a former president of the Delaware County Bar Association, and has served as advisor for the Mock Trial Team at both Malvern Prep and Monsignor Bonner High School. Since 1998 he has volunteered his time with the Youth Aid Panel of Marple Township and currently serves as chairperson of the panel.