The Church of England’s recently launched Social Media Community Guidelines are an excellent reminder to us as a christian community as to how we should conduct ourselves in the digital space.
Individuals and groups can sign up to the Church of England’s Digital Charter, which is billed as “a voluntary pledge that we’re encouraging individual Christians as well as churches to sign to help make social media and the web more widely positive places for conversations to happen”.
For those who are yet to take the plunge into the world of social media, platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are useful tools to further live out the call to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
As churches, it is a really good idea to develop your own technology policy, which the Anglican Church of Australia provides some guidance on here. And it’s likely that a social media strategy would also come in handy.
One really important thing to keep in mind when using social media is the need to have permissions, especially those for children and young people, when posting images online. A helpful site regarding using images of children and young people is the Australian Institute of Family Studies and an example of an image release form can be found here.
Should you have any concerns or would like further advice regarding use of social media in your church community, then please don’t hesitate to contact the Diocese’s Media Officer, Peter March by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org