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Ethical Considerations for Social Media Use with Youth

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  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, September 24, 2020
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.

Your Training Description

Technology has opened up so many ways for us to engage and connect using a great variety of tools and social media platforms. But when it comes to using technology and social media channels in your role as a youth worker, there are potential risks and boundaries you need to be aware of. Ethical considerations and understanding your responsibility to safeguard young people are critical to creating safe spaces.

It’s not as simple as laying out social media policies and procedures though ideally your program would have some parameters. Most of the responsibility will be on your shoulders as an individual. Learning what is needed to protect confidentiality, convey positive messaging, and help young people safely navigate on their own will make your youth work more effective.

Join us for Ethical Considerations for Social Media Use with Youth to build your skill in making ethically informed decisions around your online practices for connecting with youth. You’ll become aware of best practices for respecting boundaries and strategies to maximize your connections with young people. Through case studies, sharing ideas, and the personal experiences and perspectives of two high-school-age youth, you’ll sharpen your good judgment in relation to social media and mobile tech.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Consider responsible and ethical practices for maximizing your connections with youth through technology
  • Explore ways to create safer digital spaces with youth leading the charge
  • Learn meaningful ways to celebrate success and overcome challenges
  • Share ideas and resources for quality improvements to enrich youth work through social media

Your Trainer

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Tamara L. Stark (pronouns: she/her/hers) serves as Senior Director of Housing and Youth Development at Tubman, leading efforts to build comprehensive approaches to enhance the well-being of people in housing, shelters, community-based programs, and schools. Tamara believes that meaningful collaborations with and leadership by people directly impacted by challenges are key to thriving communities. She has launched a range of innovative prevention, intervention, outreach, and leadership programs and partnerships. Tamara collaborates on local and national initiatives to drive positive community transformations and reduce disparities for people impacted by violence and homelessness. Tamara has over 20 years of leadership experience in the social services sector, including work as a youth program quality consultant, therapist, educator and strategic planner. Tamara credits being a peer counselor in high school and childhood theatre experiences as key influences in her endeavors. Tamara has been awarded by public health leaders for her contributions to violence prevention. She maintains that all the best ideas have come from the people she has had the honor of serving. Tamara received her BA from Saint Olaf College and her MA from Argosy University.

Your Competency Focus Area

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Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: ETHICS.

Reinforce your responsibility to adhere to guidelines for professional behavior, role model self-management, and set and maintain healthy boundaries.

Your Training Details

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, September 24, 2020
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.
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This training will count as 1.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.