Can [Using] Social Networking Get Us Sued?
Like the rest of the world, many churches are turning to social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter to connect with people and promote outreaches and other church programs. And that's what these tools were designed for—easy mass communication and media sharing. While this is a creative way to do business and connect with people inside and outside the church, using these social networks could cause some liability problems for your church if you do not set up the appropriate policies and monitoring procedures. From Your Church, More...
Review of "Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives"
This book is authored by two who have studied and are now experiencing how the web challenges safety and privacy issues of young adults, teens, and children. They delineate the challenges to parents, schools, faith organizations, and government. Open this Flash Presentation.
Kids and Church Websites
Many churches have their own website on the Internet. A website is a great tool for promoting the mission and ministries of a church, and for sharing information with members. But few church leaders are aware that there are several legal issues associated with the use of websites, and unfamiliarity with these issues can result in unexpected liability.
Pedophiles may attempt to seduce children whose photos, identities, and other personal information are depicted on a church's website. Church leaders should be certain that their website does not disclose the identities (or any identifiable information) of any child.
Church leaders should never use the names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, or other information that identifies minors whose photos are used on a website, even with permission from parents, since this information can be used by pedophiles to solicit or seduce children.
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