Online and Social Media Guidelines for Six Degrees

  1. Introduction

At Six Degrees, we encourage our members to engage with each other and our organisation through various online platforms, including social media, our member portal, and communication platforms such as WhatsApp. These Online and Social Media Guidelines are designed to ensure responsible and respectful use of these platforms, in alignment with our organisation’s values and policies.

  1. Scope

These guidelines apply to all members, employees, and volunteers of Six Degrees who use online platforms and social media for any purpose related to our organisation or its activities, including membership, events, services, and communications, both in-person and online.

  1. General Guidelines

When using online platforms and social media, members are expected to:

  • Adhere to our Code of Conduct and treat others with respect, kindness, and inclusivity
  • Be mindful of the public nature of online platforms and consider the potential impact of their posts and interactions on our organisation’s reputation and relationships
  • Protect their privacy and the privacy of others by not sharing personal information, such as email addresses, phone numbers, or home addresses, without consent
  • Follow any platform-specific rules or guidelines provided by the platform owner or administrator
  1. Content Sharing

When sharing content on online platforms, members should:

  • Ensure that the content is relevant, accurate, and appropriate for the platform and audience
  • Respect copyright and intellectual property rights by properly crediting sources, obtaining permission, and not sharing copyrighted material without authorization
  • Refrain from sharing age-restricted, obscene, or graphically disturbing content, including nudity, sex, violence, or hate speech
  • Avoid promoting or endorsing products, services, or businesses without permission from an employee of Six Degrees
  1. Interactions with Members and Non-Members

In online interactions, members are expected to:

  • Communicate respectfully, professionally, and in accordance with our Code of Conduct
  • Not engage in harassment, sexism, racism, or hate speech
  • Avoid spamming, self-promotion, or solicitation without permission from an employee of Six Degrees
  • Seek consent before sending direct messages or contacting fellow members through private channels
  • Report any concerns, incidents, or violations of our policies to a member of our team or a designated platform administrator
  1. Privacy Settings

Members are encouraged to:

  • Be aware of and use the privacy settings on online platforms and social media to manage the visibility and accessibility of their content and personal information
  • Regularly review and update their privacy settings to ensure they remain appropriate and effective
  • Respect the privacy settings and preferences of other members and not share or disclose their content or personal information without consent
  1. Review and Monitoring

We will regularly review these Online and Social Media Guidelines to ensure their continued effectiveness and alignment with our organisation’s values and policies. We will monitor online platforms and social media to identify areas for improvement and take necessary action.

By participating in Six Degrees activities and services, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to abide by these Online and Social Media Guidelines.