New Digital Charter making the web a more positive place
16th July 2019
The Church of England has launched a new ‘Digital Charter’ – a voluntary pledge for individual Christians as well as churches to sign to help make social media and the web more widely positive places for conversations to happen. Its seven principles aim to make conversations in the digital world as loving and generous as they would be when speaking face to face:
- Truth – we should hold ourselves to high ideals of checking that what we post online is fair and factual.
- Kindness – we are all different and that makes the world an interesting place – and at times a challenging one. Think the best of people, whether they share our views or are speaking against them and aim to be constructive in the way we engage.
- Welcome – in the language we use and the way we interact. It’s easy for Christians to speak in another language using words that those outside the Church might not relate to.
- Inspiration – we are called to be witnesses of our faith and to use social media in a way that genuinely engages others.
- Togetherness – we are one Church and other members of this Church are our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is crucial we treat those around us in this way.
- Safeguarding – if you have any concerns about the wellbeing of children, young people and vulnerable adults, please contact the relevant diocesan safeguarding adviser.
- Agree to the Church’s and Archbishops’ social media guidelines.
If you are interested in signing up as an individual or on behalf of your parish, click here for more information and to sign the charter.
Bishop Alan spoke this week in the House of Lords about the Digital Charter – you can watch his speech here:
Church of England digital charter leading the way globally, says UK Government minister. Read more at https://t.co/0NOoSJ6tDx
— The Church of England (@churchofengland) July 12, 2019
Also launched this week were these Beatitudes of Social Media from the Bishop of Oxford which are another way of looking at our online conversations:
‘Let’s make social media kinder’, says the Bishop of Oxford. Read his reflection on the Beatitudes and social media, and add your name alongside his on the #CofECharter https://t.co/ghWqvPeoqh pic.twitter.com/HPgQIx1ywx
— Diocese of Oxford (@oxforddiocese) July 3, 2019