Please note these guidelines when creating a 4-H club Facebook page.
Things to think about:
- Who will create and administer your page? Two people need to be responsible as administrators. Having two people serve in this role allows for control to be maintained within the club should one person leave the club, move away, or otherwise not have involvement with the club. Having two administrators also relieves one person of having to take full responsibility of maintaining the page.
- Who will be in charge of monitoring your page?
- Who will work with the 4-H Organizational Leader of the club or extension staff to check to see if photo releases for 4-H members in your club have been signed?
Before posting any photos, work with your 4-H leaders to make sure signed photo releases are in order. Be respectful of others – ask them before posting any photo, regardless of if a signed photo release has been signed. When posting pictures, all 4-H members in the pictures must have a current signed photo release.
- Keep in mind that there may be 4-H members who have a signed photo release but they or their parents do not want their names attached to the photo on Facebook.
- We cannot assume that because Facebook is so popular that everyone is ok with pictures posted. Nor can we assume that because you know someone that it’s ok to post a picture. If you are posting a picture of a 4-H member at a 4-H activity, program, event, etc., you must abide by 4-H photo release rules.
- In regards to tagging photos, it’s my understanding that only members of your 4-H club page can do that and individual people can un-tag themselves if they want, so there is some control over this.
- Pages can be set to prevent anyone but the “page administrators” from being able to post photos or videos. This is in your page settings.
- 4-H Clubs also need to keep in mind that the appropriate use of the 4-H Name and Emblem is critical to keep in mind when building a Facebook page. Both the 4-H Name and Emblem are protected under the United States Department of Agriculture. The extension office has the guidelines for the federally mandated appropriate use of the 4-H Name and Emblem. Contact the extension office for a copy.