Exploring youth engagement in a digital age
At my charity we are currently doing things differently, and i'd be interested in getting some feedback from others here - realise this conversation is dated from a long time ago, so hoping that it gets picked up!
Most of us live in the community as well as work here, and so we see the children and young people in our day-to-day lives. They know our children and partners, they know where we live. And at the moment our facebook policy is that we can accept their friend requests (team are not allowed to request a friendship). This is provided that they are added to a 'young people' group on our friends list which excludes them from at the very least seeing our 'status and links' and our 'wall posts'. We add in the policy that further restrictions can be added so that they can not see photos/friends/etc but that this is up to the individuals discretion. Team are instructed to only contact the young people by sending a message to their inbox, cc'ing in the charity's profile page.
This means that no inappropriate/revealing information is revealed to the young people and that any conversation held online is instantly viewable by those responsible for the Facebook policy.
What are your thoughts regarding this? I am currently looking at rewriting our policy, so am very interested to find out in relation to the current 'we must have a separate work profile' thought pattern expressed here.