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    Catholic Bishop spells out rules for whatsaap messages





    TAWANDA HOMBA

    BONDOLFI MISSION – The Roman Catholic head for Gokwe Diocese, Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro has said that while the church embraces information communication technology, it calls upon Christians to be fair to each other in the use of social media as reckless messages have caused suffering.
    He said that there is social media etiquette that people can adhere to in order to keep harmony and uphold fairness in society.
    He said reckless messages and unfair comments on social media have caused stress and deaths for many people and this has become a big problem.
    Addressing 687 teachers who were graduating at Bondolfi Teachers' College in Masvingo on Friday, Bishop Nyandoro said the Church right from the Pope embraces the use of ICTs in development and raising standards of living for people.
    The graduation ceremony was held under the theme; embracing digital etiquette in teacher education for socio-economic transformation.
    He said that the Church supports Government's efforts in spreading the use of ICTs throughout the country particularly in education.
     He however, emphasised the need to guard against the negative side of ICTs and said careless messages and comments have caused stress and death. He gave the example of pop singer U Nee who committed suicide in February 2007 as a result of depression and deep loneliness caused by offending messages from fans.
    He said there is an acceptable etiquette for use of social media and called upon the graduating teachers to use this and urge those that they train in the use of ICTs to also do the same.
    He said that the bottom line of the etiquette particularly for teachers graduating from a Christian institution like Bondolfi is the golden rule found in Matthew 7: 12; Do unto other as you would like them to do unto you.
    He asked the graduates to look at B.T Mobile and 17 golden rules of digital etiquette which include; never send a message in anger; never send a message when drunk; always call your boss. 
    ''Though it has many advantages the internet has the possibility of devastating effects. For example in February 2007 a famous pop Singer by the U Nee (25) committed suicide in her room. This was as a result of depression and deep loneliness caused by offending comments from fans. 
    "As we embrace digital etiquette in teacher education for social-economic transformation, we need God to guide us. The logo of Bondolfi Teachers College is enshrined with Catholic ethos and human skills as it is written in Latin: Ars, Scientia et ministerium. This literally means all arts and sciences are studied here. Skillns are also attained here in order to give services to the public domain being guided by God, he added Bishop Nyandaro.
    Speaking at the occasion, Bondolfi Teachers' College acting principle, Kizito Chitsama said the pass rate for the 55th graduation was high. 
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