BSA Social Media and Youth Protection Guidelines
Scoutmasters/Crew Advisors/Team Coaches & Committee Chairs:
Please take a few minutes during your next Troop/Crew/Team/Committee meeting to discuss and reinforce the BSA Social Media and Youth Protection Guidelines. Share this information with all of the parents in your unit. In particular, please reinforce the following policy when Scouts are communicating with any Adult Scouters via e-mail:"Abiding by the "two deep” leadership policy that governs all Scouting activities also applies to use of social media. Two-deep leadership means two registered adult leaders, or one registered leader and a parent of a participating Scout or other adult, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older, are required for all trips and outings."As it relates to social media, two-deep leadership means there should be no private messages and no one-on-one direct contact through email, Facebook messages, Twitter direct messaging, chats, instant messaging (Google Messenger, AIM, etc.), or other similar messaging features provided through social media sites. All communication between adults and youth should take place in a public forum (e.g. the Facebook wall), or at a bare minimum, electronic communication between adults and youth should always include one or more authorized adults openly "copied” (included) on the message or message thread.”The entire policy statement can be found on Scouting.org http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/Marketing/Resources/SocialMedia.aspx
The District Eagle Advancement Representatives have noticed a marked increase in Scouts not adhering to this policy when contacting them regarding the Eagle Scout Service Project. Remind your Scouts that this applies to all e-mails, not just the initial one and to include an authorized adult in reply e-mails as well.