Safety Basics: Step 7

Updated Guidelines for Virtual/Digital/Online Safety Policies

Best Practices for Church Leaders, Guardians, and Minors

Insurance Board Insights

Basic Standards for Adults

  • Never "friend" a child on any form of technology and social media without written permission from the guardian.

  • Never have a one-on-one conversation in an e-mail, chat, or video room. If a child begins a chat, make them aware that a third party needs to be included.

  • Always e-mail parents when e-mailing youth information.

  • Have written permission from the child's guardian to text message, chat, e-mail, or use any other form of communication.

  • Do not post pictures, videos, etc. of the child without written permission from a guardian.

  • Live by the covenant signed in the technology and social media world. Do not post pictures, information, blogs and so forth that go against the example you are expected to set for the children.

  • If you see something bothersome posted by a guardian or child/youth, you have a responsibility to respond through the policies and methods set out by your congregation. You should double check the Mandatory Reporting Standards.

  • Use technology and social media to encourage, engage, and enliven your ministry!

 

Conversations with Children, Youth, and Guardians

Most younger children are not engaged in social media, but many are engaged in technology very early on. As children get older they begin to enter into social media through those around them and then on their own.

  • Guardians need to know how to set limits and engage with technology and social media.

  • It is important to have sacred and faithful conversations about how one's faith is still part of one's technological and online presence.

  • It is important to begin age appropriate conversations about the dangers of the technology and social media.
    This training is also included in the Praesidium courses offered for FREE by the Insurance Board.
    Your child will also want to learn about how information shared on the internet can reflect on him or her in the future.

 
Technology & Social Media

Technology and social media are not negative until people use them in negative ways. It's important for anyone working with children and youth to stay up-to-date on the most current forms of technology to enhance awareness and keep kids' engagement with technology appropriate.

This page was last updated by JK 9/29/14

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