Social Media Policy

Under Consideration by CAIM:
We are all on a journey, and the best way to travel is in community. We seek to
treat every person with respect and dignity. We do not allow bullying or insults
on our page. Our community is ecumenical. We welcome believers and seekers
alike. We welcome healthy debate, but not arguments. We welcome prayer
requests, but not fund raising requests. We encourage social action, but not
political ideology. No personal attacks of any kind will be tolerated.
From UK Handbook: Social Media Policy
This Social Media Policy is to be followed by all Community of Aidan and Hilda
office holders and staff, whether paid or in a voluntary role.

  1. Be a good ambassador for Christ, the Community, and your part in it.
  2. Know and follow the Community’s Safeguarding Policy.
  3. Users are personally responsible for the content they publish online, whether
    in a blog, social networking site, or any other form of user-generated media.
    Be mindful that what you publish will be public for an indefinite period of time
    Protect your privacy and take care to understand a site’s terms of service.
  4. Identify yourself by name and, when relevant, role in the Community. If you
    discuss the Community or the wider church, make it clear that you are
    speaking for yourself and not on behalf of the Community or another Christian
    body, unless you are specifically authorised to do so.
  5. Respect the law, including copyright, libel and defamation laws.
  6. Never break a confidence. Do not cite or reference individuals without their
    approval. If you are telling a story about a third party, ask yourself, ‘is this my
    story to tell?’
  7. Don’t publish anything that might allow inferences to be drawn which could
    embarrass or damage an individual.
  8. Respect your audience. Don’t use ethnic slurs, personal insults, obscenity, or
    engage in any conduct that would not be acceptable in a Christian
    environment or the Community of Aidan and Hilda.
  9. Don’t pick fights! The internet is home to a lot of argumentative people. When
    posting, seek to generate light and not heat.
  10. Be the first to correct your own mistakes.
  11. Try to add value. Provide worthwhile information and perspective. The Community of Aidan and Hilda is best represented by its people and what you publish may reflect on not only the Community but also Christianity.
  12. Social media entries may well attract wider media interest in you as an individual. Proceed with caution and remember that you are responsible for your online activities.

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