The current question for the What Would You Do? feature in Scouting Magazine:
Phone calls, snail mail, and even e-mail seem antiquated to many of
our Scouts. We’re exploring nontraditional communications forms such as
Twitter, Facebook, and mass-calling systems, but we need guidance. How
do you manage such systems, and what guidelines do you follow?
The world of social media (facebook, twitter, etc.) is growing and changing so fast it is difficult for most of us to keep up! There are online guides to etiquette and safety that will help us all address those important issues.
Like any new form of communication Scouting will benefit when we use it wisely. Our Troop uses both Facebook and Twitter and we are learning as we go. Guidelines are relatively simple – do not publish personal information, configure settings to limit access to approved individuals, and finally do not communicate anything that you would not want to physically pin to a community bulletin board or write in a letter to your grandparents.