Social Media Guidelines

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GRADUATE WOMEN QLD INC.
GOLD COAST BRANCH

PO BOX 1150
SOUTHPORT BUSINESS CENTRE
SOUTHPORT
Q 4215

GWQ Inc (GC) Social Media guidelines for members

Social media presents both opportunities and challenges to us all irrespective of our individual professions and backgrounds.  Social media is a revolutionary way to participate in developments and be informed of breaking news, events, discussions and discoveries that affect us all.

Transformation and growth are essential to our professional and personal growth and mirrors two major pillars of our organization.

  • To encourage and facilitate life long learning in self and others.
  • To use our skills and knowledge to enhance community life here on the Gold Coast.

So many opportunities exist through the appropriate and ethical use of social media.  Collectively we have opportunities to be the strong voice of influence and progress through a robust on line presence.

Undoubtedly there are, of course, dangers in social media, but we believe that the benefits far outweigh the negatives.

We have put these guidelines together as a way to help our members navigate the pitfalls and potential problems that can be faced.  Keeping on the safe side is not difficult and is well worth the effort.  Being aware of the potential implications to online behaviour and its effects on our professional and private life is important.

Together we can harness the power that social media can offer our members.

Confidentiality

We have an ethical and legal responsibility/duty to maintain member/others confidentiality not to inadvertently disclose confidential information.

For education purposes the member/members concerned need to be informed and provide their express consent, and the obtainment of this consent should be acknowledged in any online posts.

This includes all forms of media, written or photographic.

For discussion purposes be aware that an individual member cannot be identified by the sum of information available on line.

Breaching confidentiality may involve the Privacy Commissioner or even legal action.

Defamation

Defamation may be defined as:-

  • The publication of any false imputation concerning a person, or a member of their family, whether living or dead, by which (a) the reputation of that person is likely to be injured or (b) they are likely to be injured in their profession or trade (c) other persons are likely to be induced to shun, ridicule or despise them.
  • The publication of defamatory matter can be (a) spoken words or audible sounds (b) words intended to be read by sight or touch (c) signs, signals, gestures or visible representation and must be done to a person other than the person defamed.

Australia adopted unified defamation legislation across states and territories with the Defamation Act 2005. (Please refer to the relevant state legislation for further details if required).

Think about how you present yourself on line.

The following is a check list for members:

*do the comments or posts reflect who you are as a professional?

* can these posts be taken out of context?

* are the photos of a nature that reflects how you want to be seen?

* do your friends have any photos of you on their sites that you may be “tagged” in? Do these photos reflect how you want to be seen?

* have you Google searched your own name?

* does the search result how you want to be seen?

Maintain online privacy

Use built in privacy and safety features.

A private profile allows only invited friends and members of chosen networks to view your content.

(Our website has a private profile with 2 current committee members as administrators).

You should also review your “friends” list regularly and remove anyone you don’t want to see your profile.

Ask your friends and family not to post or tag photographs of, or information about you on their social network profiles without getting your permission first.  This will help to keep you safe and your information secure.  Use

passwords and keep them secret.  Choose a complex password for your social networking profile.  Breaches of a social networking providers’ terms and conditions or community guidelines might include sending offensive or bullying messages, posting embarrassing images; posting inappropriate content; setting up fake/imposter profiles.

Check your privacy settings now.

A member’s reputation is a very valuable asset but can easily be destroyed.

Graduate Women Q’ld Inc (Gold Coast Branch) looks forward to connecting with you on Facebook.
Please let us know how we may be of help to you.

Rosemary Power (President) August 2016

These guidelines are similar to and in keeping with guidelines used by Law Institute Victoria and Australian College of Nursing. ______________________________________________________________________

NOTHING CONTAINED IN THIS MATERIAL IS INTENDED TO BE USED AS LEGAL ADVICE, GWQ Inc (GC) MAKES EVERY EFFORT TO ENSURE THE QUALITY OF THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE IN THIS MATERIAL. HOWEVER, CANNOT GUARANTEE AND ASSUMES NO LEGAL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY, CURRENCY OR COMPLETEDNESS OF THE INFORMATION.