Wry Exchange

The 4-D’s, Part 2

 The 4-D’s are NO Drinking, Driving, Dating, or Drugs.  (This post is long, so Part 1 will be later in the week.  I started from the end, and worked backward.  See non-linear to the left.)

Just wait for the howling when the students to find out there may be more D’s added.  You’ll be able to hear it around the world.
5-Decorating or Defacing-no tattoos or piercings. 
6-Downloading- no porn or illegal music.
 Tattoos & piercings-The students are permitted to arrive with piercings and tattoos, but won’t be permitted to get any more while on exchange.  So how’s that going to work?  Will they strip down each kid upon arrival, and call out all ‘defacings’ to some guy holding a body outline on a clipboard?   I won’t ever give permission for a tongue piercing (Sparky wanted one so much, too.) because the kids are learning a new language, and they move their mouths in new ways.  It’s hard to enunciate clearly with a tongue ring, plus the dangers of cracking a tooth and stretching the hole.   Tattoos have been a right of passage probably since the first exchange student went abroad.  I prefer to pretend I didn’t see anything new.   Once students are 18, they’re legal adults, and I don’t feel I can stop them.  I certainly wouldn’t ship someone home early because of a new tattoo or piercing.  I would make sure mom and dad back home give their written permission for a minor for any body modification.
Downloads-More of the students are taking laptops with them on exchange, so this may not not be able to be monitored.  We tell the students that they can’t download ‘free’ music here in the states, that the host family may be sued.  I gave Sparky an Itunes card so he could download songs ‘free’ to him.  I hate giving the porn speech.  To my knowledge, no exchange student has ever downloaded porn, it magically appears on the computer.  I usually tell them that no matter how cleverly they think they’ve hidden the files, someone found them, so knock it off.  A  friend handled the porn problem really well-he told the kids no one but him was permitted to clear the computer’s history.  Great solution.  I hate porn on my computer, and I really hated all the times Paris Hilton’s sex tape appeared somehow.

Alternate version:
Do it
Don’t get caught
Do it again
Deny it/Don’t leave evidence
‘Don’t leave evidence’ means no photos.  A girl was terminated for serious dating a few years ago because someone saw her and her boyfriend ‘sharing their culture’ on her camera’s memory card. 


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