Assess NeedsRefer to the
Location Technology Checklist to help determine the nature and feasibility of the types of electronic communication systems and devices the Location wishes to use.Follow Communication Policies
Comply with the
Acceptable Use and Responsibility Policy for Electronic Communications (Archdiocesan AUP) and applicable copyright laws before posting information, music, images, videos, links, or other content from any source (see the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Copyright and Video Screening Policy).
Reserve direct one-to-one electronic communications for members of the parish and school community only.
Office of the Legal Counsel for assistance when conducting fundraising that may use contact lists that include people who are members of the general public. Various laws apply and a permit from your local or state government may be required.
Protect privacy by using "bcc" or "blind copy" address lines when sending mass emails and group texts.
Guidelines for Forums and Blogs,
Guidelines for Using Social Networks with Minors,
Appropriate Ways to Communicate with Students, Reporting Concerns About Electronic Communications with Minors, and Reporting Child and Sexual Abuse.
Review the Message Carefully
Those sending out communications on behalf of the Location should think and review the message carefully before hitting "call," "send," or "post." Most electronic messages, and even web postings and blogs, can be permanently recorded by various entities and services. Retracting a communication is often difficult and can be embarrassing.