We realize that many of our volunteers are active on social
media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. As a
volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tennessee Valley (BBBSTV), and
ultimately a representative of our organization, we want you to keep these
guidelines in mind when engaging on social media.
1. 1. Safety of
Littles is our number one priority.
It is very important to keep child safety
and confidentiality issues in mind when communicating on social media sites.
Refrain from providing identifying information about your Little (child’s last
name, parent’s name, child’s home address, school the child attends, where the
parent works, etc). Also, never share the location of a Little on social media
For example, “My Little and I are having a great time
at the zoo right now.” Specifying the location could jeopardize their safety.
A better option would be to delay the message until
after the activity. “I had a great time with my Little at the zoo today.”
1. 2. A parental
release form is required for photo/videos.
In order to post pictures of your Little on
any website or social media site, BBBSTV needs to obtain a consent form from
the parent/ guardian. Please contact your MSS prior to the first time you post
to obtain the release form to be signed by the parent/ guardian.
3. You are
responsible for your actions and communications. Please exercise sound judgment
when using social media channels.
Anything you post that could potentially tarnish
the organization’s image or have a negative impact on our organization is your
responsibility. When in doubt about whether or not a post is appropriate,
consult with your Match Support Specialist prior to posting.
4. 4. Online privacy does not exist.
Do not assume that things you publish on a private
personal profile cannot be accessed. No matter what settings are applied to
your social networking sites, all it takes is for someone to copy and paste
that information on to a public site. As a general rule of thumb, do not post content
that you would not want to see in the newspaper.
5. Do not
post anything that exemplifies questionable behavior as a role model for a
No alcohol or seemingly drunken behavior,
cigarettes, nightclub activities, etc. should be referenced or shown in
pictures, whether you are partaking or not. As a Big, you are a representative
of BBBSTV and should reflect this through all of your social media messages and
content, even if BBBSTV is not directly connected to the message. Also, be
careful of questionable messaging on T-shirts, etc. in pictures. You are
serving as a role model for your Little and for the community
recommend that you DO NOT “friend” your Little through social media channels.
you decide to, you must follow these guidelines:
a. Do not post pictures of your Little unless
previously approved by written consent.
b. Do not post your Little’s full name, location,
city, address, school or other personal information.
7. We strongly urge you to keep your profile set to private and closely monitor friend requests and followers on social media.
The people that you associate with on social media
are a direct reflection of you. Please be aware that as a volunteer your
interactions with others reflect on our organization.
8. Big Brothers Big Sisters has the right to monitor the social media of our Bigs.
If you are seen using social media
inappropriately, your relationship with our organization could be terminated.