Saturday, July 10, 2010

US Bishops issue Social Media Guidelines



The Department of Communications of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued social media guidelines for all church personnel.
These guidelines are offered as a synthesis of best practices. They include material compiled from church entities, for-profit corporations, and non-profit organizations. Suggestions and comments are welcome at CommDept@usccb.org.

In this document, “church personnel” is defined as anyone—priest, deacon, religious, bishop, lay employee, or volunteer—who provides ministry or service or is employed by an entity associated with the Catholic Church.
The text includes: guiding principles; an overview of the Church and social media; definition of terms (helpful for those not yet familiar with social media); notes on establishing a site; social networking with minors; guidelines for personal sites; and how to report and monitor sites using diocesan and parish names without permission and sites carrying incorrect information.

You can view the complete document here.

A link to the Social Media Guidelines will now by found on my sidebar.


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