First Due Blog Carnival 6th Ed.”Social Media Policy”

Entries are few in this latest edition. Perhaps departments have made themselves secure against social media gaffes. Naahhhh…..

Welcome to the First Due Blog Carnival’s sixth edition, “Social Media and Social Networking Policy“. We asked you to share what the social media policy would be for your department if you were responsible for writing it. The response was slim, so hopefully this is indicative of departments already being proactive and making sure none of their members post photos of victims in auto accidents on Facebook. Take some time to read each submission, and to browse though the various blogs. A special thank you to all who have participated. If you would like more information on the First Due Blog Carnival, read this or contact The Fire Critic.
Enjoy, Read, Learn, Live.




Greg Friese of Everyday EMS Tips shared five ideas for managing problems that might crop up before you have a social media problem. Greg briefly extols the virtues of improving working conditions and increasing pay, something all of our departments can do.
5 Actions Before Banning Employee Use of Social Media




Dave Statter jumped in with his first contribution to the carnival with a whimsical introduction of the top 10 social media things you shouldn’t do. It’s challenge to not get distracted following the list, but you can see that Dave’s reporting experience validates all 10.
A Social Media Policy from the Anti-Social Dave Statter. Plus CSI – Roanoke & More




Rhett Fleitz of The Fire Crtic uses the Golden Rule as the standard for his social media and social networking policy. Rhett’s ‘hard knock’ policy ask you to let your mother, boss and priest be the guide in your decision to post or not to post.
School of Hard Knocks guide to Social Media usage in the Fire/EMS Service




Finally, the submission from yours truly. It seems quite out of place with the others, but that’s the great thing about the entries. The policy your department has should be as fluid as the technology itself; adaptable, changeable.
Social Media Networking Policy


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