James Conner, right. Photo from goerie.com
Even if your son or daughter isn’t an athlete, you need to read this terrific story by John Dudley. It explores the importance of postings via text message, Facebook and Twitter. Kids need constant reminders that what they post can be seen, forwarded, copied and pasted all over the Internet. James Conner, a McDowell senior, and one of the most recruited local athletes, learned the power of social media. If you Google his name, more than 10 pages of listings come up with multiple Youtube, ESPN, and Yahoo listings. Most schools don’t dictate social media policies, but Oil City does. Here’s a quote from Dudley’s article
“Social media policy
Oil City’s policy on social media, as stated in the district’s athletic policy manual:
- “I understand that it is my responsibility to not use any form of social media (text messages, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, etc.) to be critical of teammates, coaches, game officials, school administrators, opponents, opposing schools, or any other personnel involved in the athletic program. Furthermore, I understand that a violation of this policy could be cause for suspension from or removal from the team.”
James Conner photo by Josh Barber, Erie Times-News
Conner rushed for 246 yards on only eight carries Saturday in a 49-20 victory over Lancaster Catholic. He scored three touchdowns and is committed to the University of Pittsburgh for 2013.
To follow all the regional football games live on Friday nights, check out the live Erie Times-News Varsity blog — just click here. To see Conner and the McDowell Trojans in action, check them out Friday, Sept. 21 at home against St. Ignatius (Cleveland, OH); Friday, Sept. 28 against St. Edward (Lakewood, OH); and Friday, Oct. 5 @ Cathedral Prep (Erie, PA).
You can also listen live to the McDowell games — click here for the school’s Internet broadcasts of the games.
Pam Parker is the daughter of the late famed football coach Walt Strosser, the wife of football coach Kim Parker, and the mom and stepmom of five former football players. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.