Text messaging has become the primary way that teens reach their friends. It surpasses email, instant messaging, and voice calling as the tool kids from 12 to 18 use to communicate. With an increase in texting comes potential liability exposures for ministries and their youth leaders.
If leaders become aware that anyone involved in the ministry has engaged in inappropriate communication, whether involving texting or any other form of communication, it should be immediately addressed in a straight-forward manner. Inappropriate texting should be approached in the same way that your ministry leaders would handle inappropriate conversation heard in a hallway of the church.
Once texting turns into “sexting,” (sending sexually explicit images through a hand-held electronic device) the stakes get much higher. Legislation addressing sexting varies from state to state, so ministries should consult with a local attorney to determine the law in your jurisdiction. Consider the following recommendations:
For more information on this topic, read our article, Youth Texting and Sexting.
Look through our Youth Ministry Communication Policy.
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