Social Media Agreement
Social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, personal texting, and others, are powerful tools of communication that can have significant impact on your personal reputation as well as the reputations of the cooperative you are representing, the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperative (IAEC) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).
You must read and sign this contract acknowledging personal responsibility to use social media responsibly as a cooperative representative, and a representative of IAEC on the NRECA Youth Tour. Please adhere to the following rules and guidelines when posting on Social Media sites while on Youth Tour or thereafter concerning Youth Tour.
- Think twice before posting. Privacy does not exist in the world of social media. Even if you think the information will disappear after a few hours, an image, with your name attached, can last a lifetime. Consider what could happen if a post becomes widely known and how that may reflect on your reputation, the reputation of your family and friends, the reputation of your cooperative, IAEC and NRECA. Moreover, the information you place online could jeopardize your future when applying to college or for a job for years after YouthTour.
- Always be authentic. Be honest about your identity. If you post personally or use a Youth Tour hashtag, make sure you are being a positive representative of your cooperative, IAEC and NRECA YouthTour.
- When posting on social media while on Youth Tour, you will not be disrespectful, disingenuous, inappropriate oroffensive.
- Never pretend to be someone else when you post personally or as a Youth Tour representative.
- Be respectful and thoughtful. Youth Tour participants are committed to showing respect and dignity for all people and to the civil and thoughtful discussion of opposing ideas. Treat others the way you would like them to treat you on social mediasites.
- Know the rules. Become familiar with the terms of service and policies of the social media sites and networks in which you participate, and the appropriate code of ethics required for responsible online communications.
These guidelines and rules are non-negotiable and the consequences are dependent on the degree of misuse of social media.