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Youth, Children, Leaders and Social Media
guidelines for using social media
YOUTH, CHILDREN, LEADERS and SOCIAL MEDIA
Recognize the boundaries and ministry practices that will help ensure a safe online environment for all
Social Media Guidelines:
Using Social Media - www.united-church.ca/allages/children/leaders and www.united-church.ca/allages/youth/resources
Social networking is more than a communications tool. It is a way for people, particularly young people, to hang out together, an extension of their social lives and places of self-expression. The possibilities social media presents to enhance communication, share faith, and deepen relationships needs to be recognized by the church and its leaders, not only for work with children but also with all groups in the church.
While social media may be a new and emerging tool for church leaders, it is important to recognize the boundaries and ministry practices that will continue to ensure a safe environment for all. These guidelines may assist in defining how a ministry and its leadership uses this growing community.
Using Social Media - www.united-church.ca/local/duty/caring
Social networking is more than a communications tool. It is a way for people, particularly young people, to hang out together, an extension of their social lives and places of self-expression. It is an alternative form of community. As such, it poses some of the same risks that a physical community may present.
Those in leadership roles who use social media tools as a means of enhancing communication, sharing faith, and deepening relationships need to be cognizant of the power of this medium and the accompanying risks. It is important to continue to employ the rules regarding relationships, boundaries, and ministry practices to ensure a safe environment is created for all. These guidelines are provided to assist church leaders when they use this growing community.
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Posted: October 27, 2011
category: YAAY - Young Adults and Youth
keywords/tags : social
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