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pdf Electronic Communication Guidelines

Electronic Communications Guide

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The use of the telephone, email, social networking sites (eg Facebook) and SMS are
a part of everyday life for many young people and children. The rate of technological
advancement increases each year and in twelve months’ time there will no doubt
be new ways of connecting with others. With this comes challenges in the way we
communicate and it is important to be aware of appropriate and positive ways of
using these means to ensure we communicate in a safe manner.
In some ministry situations electronic communication is a useful tool, such as general
communication and general pastoral care and support.


However, electronic communication may be used by those seeking to harm children,
young people and vulnerable people. Electronic communication may be used to test
or step over relational boundaries. We need to be mindful of the positional power
dynamic that exists between those in leadership and the children, young people
and vulnerable people under their care. The following guidelines for the safe use of
electronic communication may be used as part of existing Safe Church practices.