Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion: a fair, equitable and inclusive culture
May 14, 2018

Social Media: opportunity and danger zones

To consider the opportunities offered to members by social media.
To reflect on danger zones.
To identify best practice and practical tips.

  • All members, particularly newly elected
  • Members who are not confident using social media
  • Members who want to expand their use of different methods of communication
  • What is social media and why does it matter
  • The use of social media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, blogs etc.
  • Jargon and myths
  • The line between public and private lives
  • The line between council business and party-political activity
  • The risks and danger zones including
    • Defamation
    • Breach of privacy
    • Code of conduct complaint
    • Information Commissioner action
    • Criminal offences
    • Civil action
  • Particular issues at election time
  • What is party political publicity
  • Available guidance and best practice

Good, wide-ranging discussion and engagement – thank you

Monitoring Officer, County Borough Council

That councillors feel confident in using social media, know the danger areas to avoid/reflect on, and know where to find guidance/best practice.

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