A service unit or troop may create their own website to facilitate communication among members. Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas does not monitor nor maintain these websites. Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas is not responsible for the content of these websites. Consequently, Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas will not be held responsible for the accuracy, relevancy, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of material contained in websites listed below. The inclusion of any links to third-party websites (including, but not limited to, social-networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, Twitter, etc.) does not imply endorsement by Girl Scouts of the USA or Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas makes no representations whatsoever about any other website which you may access through www.girlscouts-swtx.org.
When creating a service unit or troop website, be mindful to abide by the GSUSA Web Site Guidelines.
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas encourages troops and service units to create websites with Rallyhood.
Social Media Guidelines
When representing Girl Scouts on social media channels remember to make safety the top priority.
- Make sure the privacy standards settings ensure the safety of girls.
- Practice diligence to ensure that groups you are joining or linking to have standards consistent with Girl Scouts.
- Make sure the messages you post do not conflict with Girl Scouts positions. Please contact the council if you need clarity.
- Use good judgment and common sense - do not write or post anything that would embarrass or upset Girl Scout members and volunteers, or reflect badly on our organization.
Treat others as you want to be treated; do not use the internet to attack or abuse any individual or group based on race, gender, religion or political preference. Careful monitoring of social media is important in maintaining a positive image of Girl Scouting. When possible, please share articles/events from the GSSWT website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube channel and other communication resources.
Use of photos or videos requires a Media Release form signed by a parent/guardian of all girls and any adults pictured. This release only provides permission for use directly related to Girl Scouts and should never be used to promote a business or for political reasons. A verbal confirmation from a Girl Scout’s parent or guardian is also acceptable, but one or the other is required before posting online.
- Do not post a girl’s last name, e-mail address, physical address, phone number or school.
- Do not post the date, time and location of meetings, events or trips. Service units can post recruitment events online. If service units wish to share program information with families, they should do so via email or through a closed group or password-protected page only (such as Rallyhood).
- Any Girl Scout use of a social networking site for communication must have parental permission and must meet age limits set by the provider, which is 13 and older in most cases, as per the United States Child Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) and the Child Online Protection Act (COPA).
- Only events/opportunities that are directly related to Girl Scouts can be promoted.
- Under no circumstances should volunteers utilize information available on social media sites to make volunteer appointment decisions.
- Respect other people’s privacy and your own personal boundaries by using discretion when posting information and photography.
- Girl Scouts of the USA’s requirements are listed in Safety Activity Checkpoints (“Girl Scout Cookie/Council-Sponsored Product Sales” and “Computer/Online Use”) and we encourage all girls to sign the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge.
- Members responsible for posting disparaging material, bullying, intimidation or other misuse will be reprimanded and other disciplinary measures may be taken. We expect our adult members to be role models for our girls and to follow the Girl Scout Law and Promise to be considerate and caring, honest and fair. GSSWT has a zero tolerance for adult-to-girl cyber-bullying.
- Comments should be deleted if they break any of the procedures listed above; contain profanity, obscenity, vulgarity or nudity; are defamatory to a person, people or organization; contain name-calling, personal attacks and/or personal issues that are more appropriately addressed offline; or infringe on copyright laws.