Good practice guidelines
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These guidelines can apply to your own use of social media, but you might also want to use them as the basis of guidelines to post for your members.
Good practice guidelines for using social media
Include images or videos wherever possible to add interest to your posts.
Be careful using humour. One person’s hilarious joke is another’s shockingly bad taste. Always err on the side of caution before posting something that might be offensive to others. If unsure, test it out on family or friends before posting.
Not every update has to start with original ideas of your own; you can always share or add to the messages that other people are already posting. Social media is all about conversations, so don’t be afraid to dive in and take part. On Twitter, for instance, you can search for hashtags relevant to your group, and jump aboard with a tweet of your own.
Avoid talking politics, especially party politics!
No swearing, even if you replace letters with symbols.
Be kind and respectful of others’ views, even if you disagree with them. Healthy debate is fine, but be nice.
No hate speech or bullying. Demeaning comments about race, gender, religion, culture, sexual orientation or identity will not be tolerated.
No business advertising (except certain pre-approved security products and services), self-promotions or spam.
No irrelevant messages or links.
Any post or comment that breaches any of these guidelines will be deleted by the admins. Repeat offenders will be removed and banned from the relevant social media group.