When you travel abroad for missions it’s normal to want to share updates on your trip, and for good reason! Friends, family and supporters want to know how you are doing and what you are doing. But remember, safety first! Here are 5 things you shouldn’t share online.
1. Don’t share your exact location.
Keeping this information off of social media not only keeps you safe, it also keeps safe those you’re serving. There are several areas in the world that don’t welcome Christian aid and law enforcement may track certain keywords on public networks such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Leave your location descriptions vague and only mention the country you’re in, not the state, city or village.
2. Don’t share the personal information of those you’re serving.
There are a variety of reasons why someone may not want their name, location or photo shared on social networks and it’s important that you anticipate this and respect it. A good rule of thumb is if it’s not your info then don’t share it.
3. Don’t share about accidents or injuries.
Sharing about accidents or injuries on social networks can create panic and it can also reflect negatively on the mission sending organization. Let your team leaders handle the situation appropriately and keep all info and photos off of social networks.
4. Don’t share your complaints about people or situations.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths (or onto your social networks), but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 ESV; Bold edits, Faith Ventures.
5. Don’t share photos of children.
There’s nothing better than a photo of a sweet child! However, there are rules and regulations to posting photos of minors on the internet under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. So to be safe, just keep those images offline and share them with friends and family once you get home.