M.3. Electronic Communications

Consistency with Our Guidelines

All electronic communications between RCers should support the one-point program and reflect the other RC Community Guidelines, including the no-socializing policy (see Guideline M., Relationships—the No-Socializing Policy) and confidentiality. If Co-Counselors use social media websites or social media applications (apps) to communicate with other Co-Counselors, they must do so only in ways that are consistent with the Co-Counseling relationship (such as keep confidentiality and not dramatize distresses).

Consent

Co-Counselors may not add Co-Counselors to online groups, e-mail lists, or websites unrelated to RC without the Co-Counselor’s explicit request. Co-Counselors may not add Co-Counselors on social media websites or apps without first individually communicating with the other Co-Counselor and agreeing to conduct the relationship in accord with the RC one-point program and no-socializing policy. We define social media websites and apps as those websites and apps at least partly intended for sharing and uploading social content to a group of people not restricted to Co-Counselors. (This is different from electronic communication, which we define as having a primary purpose of one-to-one contact or contact intended for a specific group of people.) Many websites or apps have both social media components and components intended for one-to-one contact. 

Co-Counselors may not identify, without explicit permission, any other Co-Counselor as a Co-Counselor (through a picture, name, or any other personal information) on any public part of a social media website that is accessible to non-Co-Counselors. Co-Counselors must get permission from other Co-Counselors before posting images of them on any website or app. This does not apply to Co-Counselors who have chosen to participate in RC “going public” projects (such as United to End Racism (UER), Sustaining All Life (SAL), No Limits for Women (No Limits), and Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism. These Co-Counselors have agreed to have their name and image used in connection with these projects.

Closed Groups

Social media websites should not be used as a substitute for other Community-supported means of communication (the RC website, Area websites, RC e-mail lists, and so on). Co-Counselors may create closed groups, on non-public parts of social media websites or apps that work in similar ways to RC Community-supported means of communication (such as the RC websites, an Area website, or RC e-mailing list). Each closed group should choose a leader to think about how they can use the electronic communication in a way that is consistent with the Guidelines and the one-point program of RC. That leader should then consult and reach agreement with a Reference Person about the functioning of the group.

SUMMARY OF REASON

(The full reason is lengthy and has been moved to the Appendix: Lengthy Reasons, page_____.)

Non-RC social media websites and apps can be useful to Co-Counselors for

  1. connecting, and exchanging information;
  2. assisting in the functioning of the RC Community; and
  3. sharing the ideas and work of the RC Community.

They are best used in support of close and committed RC relationships. Co-Counselors using these websites and apps should be careful not to socialize.

Non-RC social media websites and apps are businesses primarily motivated by their own economic and other interests. Their policies will not necessarily respect privacy or copyright, and we cannot assume they are secure.

(For more thinking about the reason for this Guideline, see the Appendix: Lengthy Reasons, page _____.)


Last modified: 2019-05-02 14:41:35+00