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Communications and Safety in Youth Ministry
Communications and Safety in Youth Ministry
High School-Aged Youth Faith Development, Middle School-Aged Youth Faith Development, Safe Congregations

Safety precautions need to be taken to protect youth in virtual and physical spaces alike. Just as we advise adults not to be alone with youth in physical spaces, the same applies online. We are always wanting another set of eyes, a record of our online communications, and permissions from parents about how we may communicate with their youth (given the ever growing number of platforms).

Best Practices

  • Developing and maintaining a written policy on the use of church computers/other technology and social media for clergy, staff, volunteers, etc. Such¬†policy should address such issues as staff and volunteer interaction with minors as well as tagging, posting, and friending policies.
  • Having a shared understanding¬†that the use of technology in faith-based organizations should be public (meaning visible by more than one adult), observable, and monitored by church staff.
  • Creating an expectation that any communication that happens outside the guidelines is reported to the responsible volunteers, staff, and/or minister.

Sample Communications Guidelines

Next Best Practice: Code of Ethics for Adults

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  • The regional Congregational Life staff are congregations' local connection to the UUA. All of the program Congregational Life staff have expertise in most aspects of congregational life and each also has a few program areas of expertise. See the UUA Congregational Life Staff...

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