Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Youth Protection and unit web pages
Youth Protection and unit web pages
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 12:15:20 -0500
Our unit leaders and troop committee have the same youth protection
concerns that were expressed in Jim Akridge's message about unit web pages.
We believe that, in the spirit of youth protection, a unit web page should
definitely not include addresses, phone numbers, or email addresses for
youth members, and that full names should not be used in identifying youth
members in photos. We follow the policy that many units follow of only
including the first name and last initial of our youth members any time
they are named on our troop web page.
After an article about unit web pages appeared in the October issue of
Scouting magazine, I contacted Scouting magazine expressing my concern that
the issue of youth protection as it relates to unit web pages was not even
mentioned in that article. Their reply is in quotes below.
Scoutmaster, Troop 180
Chief Okemos Council, Michigan
Reply from Scouting magazine:
"Thanks for your e-mail and letter. We plan to address this issue in a
follow up item in the magazine. Obviously, it's an area where, lacking
national guidelines, there is a wide variety of attitudes and
approaches, as evidenced by looking at various unit web pages and
school classroom pages. I've heard that it's possible to password
protect a site, but it's not clear if that requires limiting access
to the whole site (which would defeat the public relations aspect) or
if just membership new sections can be protected."