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Social Media Guidance & Resources

Social media offers a wide range of opportunities for people to connect creatively and positively with others and share stories about Church life and the Christian faith as a whole.  At the same time, the nature of social media means that it is important to think about how we can communicate in this way and to manage the risks which can arise.  This guidance is provided to help members of the Church to use social media well, whether in organising an online service or ministry, or in everyday life.

For a start, why not follow us and catch up on our stories on …

Facebook · Twitter · Instagram · Flickr · YouTube · Vimeo

On this page, you will find guides and checklists for:

– using social media (and other online media) responsibly
– setting objectives for and organising parish social media
– video–conferencing and photography
– live–streaming and recording

All of the documents highlighted in bold are provided at the end of this page:

– our Social Media & Digital Communications Guidelines cover good personal behaviour and highlight the importance of safeguarding, responsibility and courtesy to others

– the Template for a Parish Social Media Policy can help your parish think through your objectives for using social media and how this can best be done in practice

– our Safeguarding Board provides guidance on Social Media & Video Conferencing with Young People

– safeguarding advice on photography and online media is available at the following links covering Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (RI):

Children (NI) · Children (RI) · Adults at Risk (NI) · Adults at Risk (RI)

– all child and adult safeguarding consent forms for social and digital media are provided below

– a checklist for live streaming and recording and guidelines for data protection and photography and data protection and mailing lists are also provided below.

Please click on the following links for further guidance on these related topics:

– online services and audio–visual content
– data protection and consent

If you have a query about any aspect of our social media policies, please contact the Church of Ireland Press Office at press@ireland.anglican.org

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