Given below are the recommended guidelines provided by the Kennel Club on the
use of Social Media sites which we hope all members of The Fox Terrier Club will
KC Code of Conduct - Use of Social Media
rapid growth of social media technologies combined with their ease of use
and pervasiveness make them attractive channels of communication. However,
these tools also hold the possibility of a host of unintended consequences. To
help you identify and avoid potential issues we have provided some examples
of best practices which are intended to help you understand, from a wide range
of perspectives, the implications of participation in social media.
not post confidential or proprietary information. Do not discuss a situation
involving named or pictured individuals on a social media site without their
permission. As a guideline, do not post anything that you would not present
in any public forum. Ask yourself, would I want to see this published in the
newspaper or posted on a billboard tomorrow or ten years from now?
it Pass the Publicity Test
the content of your message would not be acceptable for face-to-face
conversation, over the telephone, or in another medium, it will not be
for a social networking site.
Before You Post
Thereís no such thing as a ďprivateĒ social media site. Search engines can turn
posts and pictures years after the publication date. Comments can be forwarded
or copied. Archival systems save information even if you delete a post. If you
feel angry or passionate about a subject, itís wise to delay posting until you
calm and clear-headed.
Understand Your Personal Responsibility
are personally responsible for the content you publish on blogs or any
other form of user-generated content. Be mindful that what you publish will be
public for a long timeóprotect your privacy.
Aware of Liability
are responsible for what you post on your own site and on the sites of
others. Individual bloggers have been held liable for commentary deemed to be
copyright infringement, defamatory, proprietary, libellous, or obscene (as
by the courts). Be sure that what you post today will not come back to haunt
Make sure that you have all the facts before you post. Itís better to verify
information with a source first than to have to post a correction or retraction
you make a mistake, admit it. Be upfront and be quick with your correction. If
youíre posting to a blog, you may choose to modify an earlier postójust make
it clear that you have done so.
are more likely to achieve your goals or sway others to your beliefs if you
are constructive and respectful while discussing a bad experience or disagreeing
with a concept or person.
Respect Your Audience
Donít use personal insults, obscenity, also show proper consideration for
privacy and for topics that may be considered sensitive. Users are free to
topics and disagree with one another, but be respectful of othersí opinions. You
are more likely to achieve your goals if you are constructive and respectful
discussing a bad experience or disagreeing with a concept or person.
the High Ground
Remember that youíre most likely to build a high-quality following if you
ideas and situations civilly. Donít pick fights online.