Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) recognizes that online social networking (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, etc.) has become a very popular communication tool and that many of our Bigs and Littles use these platforms. In general, personal use of social networking sites is typically for communication between peers, including friends and family. BBBS wants to reiterate that the relationship between the Big and Little is that of a mentor in addition to a friend. Not all social networking sites are designed to support mentoring relationships.
Please proceed thoughtfully when inviting or accepting an invitation from your Little to a social networking site. If you have any doubts, please contact your Program Coordinator and/or postpone your invitation or acceptance. If Bigs do choose to participate in a social networking site with their Little, they must adhere to the following guidelines regarding any postings related to your match or affiliation with BBBS.
Do not participate in any online communication with/about your Little unless you have discussed this with the parent/guardian and Program Coordinator and have received their approval.
- Never post any pictures of your Little online if there is not a signed release on file with BBBS.
- Never post the last name of your Little or their parent/guardian or tag them in a photo.
- Never post any contact information of your Little.
- Never post any identifying information about your Little (their home address, where the parent/guardian works, etc.). Honor confidentiality guidelines within your match; be cautious when posting.