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Virtually Keswick Youth Social Media Guidance

JULY 2020

We would love to use social media to connect with you guys this summer, but we’re absolutely committed to doing this in a safe and legal manner that protects you and safeguards your personal data.

Throughout the week we are going to be running challenges where we encourage you to send us videos of yourself taking part. Here are the things you need to know if you want to take part in this:

  • You must let your parents or carers know you are taking part and make sure they are happy for you to do so, and please remember this is totally optional, no-one needs to feel like they have to, its just a bit of fun.
  • Please only send us your videos using Twitter (as twitter is a public platform, by posting them to twitter you are agreeing to their terms and conditions which mean these are now in the public sphere).
  • To have a twitter account you need to be 13 years old, if you are 11 or 12 and want to take part, please do so through the account of a parent or carer.
  • If you send us your video please know that we may well use it on the Keswick youth stream, so if you don’t want that to happen please don’t send it to us!
  • Don’t post anything that could any way put you at risk, try to use a background which doesn’t give away your location.
  • If you post videos with others in them, you need their permission first to do that!
  • Make sure you are fully dressed, and don’t use any rude/offensive language or gestures.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Simon Overend, Head of Operations for Keswick Ministries:

By submitting content to KY Social Media Accounts you are consenting to KY using this as part of the Virtually KY 2020 and in the future for marketing and publicity purposes.

KY will report any offensive content or safeguarding concerns to the appropriate body.

Some General Guidelines for Safe Social Media use:

Parents and carers (and Youth Leaders) play an important role in helping young people to understand both the benefits and potential dangers of social media. You need to be aware of the platforms available to young people and the ones they are using – talk to them about keeping safe while using the internet and social media. Make sure that the social media sites are appropriate for them to use, many have age restrictions, these are in place for a reason – to keep them safe. If you think they need to wait to have a devise or use certain sites explain why and stick to it. Talk to them about what is appropriate to post and how to maintain their and others privacy, including geolocation settings. Agree boundaries for Social Media/internet use at home, church and during youth events/activities. Set parental controls/filters to block inappropriate content, use safe search engines and encourage use in communal areas. Be aware of ‘open’ wifi areas as these may expose young people to inappropriate content. Make sure they know how to report offensive content or block people who upset them. Keep talking to them about it!

  • Most social media sites have age restrictions – please follow these and only use if you meet the age requirements
  • Make your social media accounts private (where the platform allows).
  • Check your settings and update regularly to ensure that you are using the maximum protection available
  • Keep your personal details private e.g. phone numbers, address, school, holiday location (disable geo-location on apps)
  • When you take photos/videos to post think about if they could reveal personal details about yourself or others e.g. school uniform/logo, your location
  • Don’t post photos or videos which may jeopardize your or another’s safety or character.
  • Think before you post – is it appropriate for others to see? Use the ‘Grandma’ test – Would I feel ok for my Grandma to see this?
  • Use different strong passwords for your social media accounts
  • Use your device security e.g. passwords to switch on and use your phone
  • Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know in real life
  • Tell an adult you trust if someone is teasing or harassing you or posts something you find upsetting.

There are a number of websites to help parents and carers keep their children/young people safe online: