1. We have planned for Summer Camp Online to unfold in similar ways to camp in real life. So treat the experience as 'real life'. We will be sharing the experience together with real people in real time, so a good mindset to have is to act as you normally would at camp 'face to face' with people. Keep in mind 'the God test' - is this conversation honouring to God? And 'the Parent test' if parents were hearing this would they be comfortable with this interaction.
2. We encourage and recommend that you engage the Faithlife platform either through a computer or tablet rather than a smart phone.
3. Use these forms of technology in an open area where people can see you or there are others present. We have nothing to hide.
4. Please never attempt to message anyone 'one on one' and don't use any direct message features to contact an another individual on camp. All streams of communication MUST happen in an open and public manner in the group feed, virtual meeting or in the group messaging feature.
5. If you receive a direct message from a young person (under 18) at camp please don't reply to it and contact PYV Leadership (Andrew Edmonds Youth Ministries Director on 0492 906 245 or Zack & Bec Grace on 0466 305 366).
6. Cyber bullying in anyway will not be tolerated. If you see cyber bullying during camp on the platform or have it reported to you by a camper or parent, immediately contact (Andrew Edmonds Youth Ministries Director on 0492 906 245 or Camp Convenors Zack & Bec Grace on 0466 305 366). More info about cyber bullying can be found at www.esafety.gov.au.
7. If you see that a camper has posted content or comments that you have concerns about [for example, inappropriate content, or comments that give you concern for the camper's own well-being or safety] during camp on the platform, or such content or comments are reported to you by a camper or parent, immediately contact (Andrew Edmonds Youth Ministries Director on 0492 906 245 or Camp Convenors Zack & Bec Grace on 0466 305 366).
8. We are private (closed group) but public (everything happens in a group setting). Everyone should seek to be transparent in our online ministry.
9. There must ALWAYS be at least two PYV leaders present online monitoring posts and in the virtual meeting space. Online ministry to young people under 18 will cease to happen the moment there is only one leader participating.
10. Please know that the same policies and guidelines that are in effect on PYV Camps are also in effect on PYV Online Camps. The Safe Church Policy and Code of Conduct remain in effect and apply to your online ministry service and participation. Any comment, content or conduct by a leader which is deemed to be inappropriate or unedifying or in breach of Safe Church PCV, will result in that leader being removed from their role and participation in the camp.
11. Please be looking out for young people who aren't being as active as others. Try where possible to encourage them through a group comment or an affirmation in the feed.
12. Look to be an active leader whether it's helping carry a study session or bringing energy to an activity, or laughing at the Late Show.
13. Please pray during the camp.
14. Have fun! When else do we do this sort of thing as a camp? It's a blessing to interact and enjoy relationships in this format.
Finally: Think "T.A.P."
Apply this principle when thinking about how and what we practice in ministry:
T A P
We want to act in such a way that we are open and transparent
We are accountable to God, our church leaders & the people we minister to
We think through issues before they might arise & plan accordingly
Further Camp Safety guidance information relating to campers, leaders and parents can be found at www.pyv.org.au.
For the Safe Church Guidelines for Online Ministry click here.