Where do we draw the boundaries of appropriate and inappropriate use of these technological wonders?
How do we help keep the intersection of youth and communications technology as a place where respect for Judaism’s highest values and the best interests of youth are held as sacred?
What is the New Standard for the intersection of technology and youth work?
BBYO’s Policy “… may not initiate any type of communication with teens… Public one-on-one communications (i.e. posting a comment to a wall) are discouraged at all times.” “ Should a professional, advisor, summer staff or volunteer choose to maintain a virtual presence and see something on a teen’s profile that is immoral and/or illegal, it is the responsibility of the adult to notify their field services supervisor” BBYO is a youth-led organization, staff should utilize teen leaders to broadcast virtual messages to teen online communities before issuing any type of information online (message board posts, group messages) themselves.
NFTY’s OurSpace Initiative “… some statements made online are in direct conflict with middot , our Jewish values, including but not limited to: lev tov - a caring heart, mechaven et sh’muato – determining exactly what one hears, seyag l’dvarav – guarding one’s speech, and machrio l’chaf zechu t – judging others favorably” “… we support each individual’s right to freedom of speech…”