Posts Tagged ‘Social Media’

Instagram: A Dream App for Stalkers and Burglars

April 12th, 2013 Instagram

Instagram is here to stay. Know how I know that?

$1,000,000,000.00

That’s how much Facebook paid for the smartphone app that lets users add artistic filters to their photos. You don’t buy a company for that much money just to watch it fade away.

Personally, I’m fine with all of this. I really enjoy Instagram. I like reliving all of the …continue reading the rest of Instagram: A Dream App for Stalkers and Burglars

4 Reputation-Busting Social Media Mishaps

December 7th, 2012 5153973729_68847e7efe

If you’ve ever emailed, texted, blogged, tweeted, Instagramed or Facebooked, there’s a very good chance you’ve posted or shared something you’ve regretted. Whether it was accidentally hitting Reply All, publishing a blog post riddled with typos, or inadvertently posting a private photo for the world to see… there has to be something you’ve done online that you deleted or modified as soon as the mistake became clear.

The fact is… we all make mistakes. The other fact is… we all have private …continue reading the rest of 4 Reputation-Busting Social Media Mishaps

Free Webinar: Social Media Marketing for YMCAs

November 8th, 2012 socialYMCA

Last week, I had the great pleasure of attending the Michigan YMCA Key Leaders Conference in Lansing, Michigan. In addition to joining several of my fellow West Bend associates as exhibitors, I was asked to join in on a panel discussion regarding new technology topics that are relevant to …continue reading the rest of Free Webinar: Social Media Marketing for YMCAs

Pool Safely’s First Splash!

May 25th, 2012

Thursday, May 24th was a big day for aquatics professionals, parents and kids everywhere. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Pool Safely campaign kicked off the third year of its pool and spa safety awareness initiative.

As a Pool Safely Campaign Safety Partner, West Bend joined organizations like the Y, Safe Kids USA, and the American Red Cross in this year’s goal of providing water safety outreach and education to …continue reading the rest of Pool Safely’s First Splash!

Fear & Lollipops: Teaching the Importance of Online Privacy

November 11th, 2011 takethislollipop

Social media safety has been discussed over and over again on Culture of Safety. We’ve shared advice on safe ways to communicate with minors online. We’ve shared social media best practices for nonprofits. We’ve even talked about potentially dangerous photo sharing iPhone applications.

In all of these posts we try and preach the importance of appreciating your online privacy. For a while I thought we had been doing a pretty good job. And then I had an experience that changed everything. You can’t truly appreciate the fragility of your own online privacy until you experience …continue reading the rest of Fear & Lollipops: Teaching the Importance of Online Privacy

Facebook Subscribe: The Safest Way to Interact with Minors?

October 17th, 2011 facebook-11

As we’ve stated time after time, we feel strongly that online contact with minors should be extremely limited. As someone that does online marketing and social networking for a living, I understand better than most how these social media restrictions can be frustrating for youth-focused organizations like summer camps, youth sports programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, and schools. The interactive communication between activity programmers and children can be an incredible outreach tool, but the fact of the matter is …continue reading the rest of Facebook Subscribe: The Safest Way to Interact with Minors?

Don’t Be Facebook Friends with Children

July 15th, 2011 deannadesign_Playground

The British Medical Association (BMA) recently released a report titled “Using Social Media: Practical and Ethical Guidance for Doctors and Medical Students.” Generally speaking, the audience of CultureOfSafety.com doesn’t typically include medical professionals, so you may be wondering why we are sharing this resource with you. Well… this report aligns closely with many of the recommendations we’ve been making in our Social Media Best Practices Guide and a previous blog post about enforcing unpopular policies, but goes a step further and introduces …continue reading the rest of Don’t Be Facebook Friends with Children

10+ Social Media Best Practices for Non-Profits

June 28th, 2011 CultureOfSafety.com Facebook

Late in 2010 I wrote about my experiences working with one of our customers on developing a comprehensive social media policy to be used for their summer camp counselors. At the time, social media was on everyone’s minds. Well guess what? That hasn’t changed… not even a little bit. In fact, just today Google announced it’s new social network, Google+.

As more and more people become fully immersed in social networking – and electronic communication in general – it will become increasingly important for organizations to …continue reading the rest of 10+ Social Media Best Practices for Non-Profits

Color: Why You Should Be Scared

March 25th, 2011 Color

The social world was buzzing yesterday following the launch of a brand new, mobile-based, photo-sharing app called Color. Many of the most respected technology pundits and bloggers around are raving about the potential for Color to change the way people interact with their surroundings. The excitement surrounding the potential for Color can be summed up in a single number: $41,000,000. That is how much venture capital the developers raised before the product even …continue reading the rest of Color: Why You Should Be Scared

Social Media and Children: Implementing and Enforcing Unpopular Employment Policies

December 16th, 2010

Four weeks ago I met with a group of YMCA employees to discuss the implementation of a new social media policy. The question on everyone’s mind was, should summer camp counselors be permitted to contact minor campers outside of Y programming? I was so enthralled with the discussion that I decided to blog about it that night. You can read more about that discussion at Social Media and the Children: A Fine Line.

After an hour or so, the meeting ended with no clear resolution; at least one more meeting was going to be necessary. So, we met yesterday. This time, we gave ourselves two hours and agreed we needed to stay focused on coming up with some clearly defined social media policies and procedures. I’m happy to announce that we accomplished that goal rather quickly. The new policy will state something to the effect of …continue reading the rest of Social Media and Children: Implementing and Enforcing Unpopular Employment Policies