9408 Wilson Ave SW, Byron Center, Mi 49315

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Email: parishoffice@stsebastianmi.org

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Social Media Permission Form

Social Media Permission Form

Please use this form to give permission for certain online interactions between your youth and St. Sebastian Youth Minister, Rod Wood, and other designated adult volunteers.
  • Parent/Guardian Acceptance of Internet Safety Responsibility During Unplanned Closures and Permission to Deliver Online Content to Youth
  • During unplanned closures, Saint Sebastian Youth Ministry, (SPARKS & IGNITE), makes the effort to provide ministry for young people and families, through various methods including online. This form allows parents/guardians to grant permission for Saint Sebastian Youth Minister, Rod Wood, and other designated adults to deliver online content and interact virtually with their youth (grades 6-12), with parents copied, and for parents/guardians to accept the parish's responsibilities under the Youth’s Internet Protection Act. Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Grand Rapids follow responsibilities outlined in the Diocesan Social Media Policy, which including responsibilities outlined in the Youth's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). The Diocese of Grand Rapids Social Media Policy can be found by clicking here These responsibilities include preventing minors from accessing obscene or harmful content when using parish devices or internet connections on parish property. The protection measures block or filter internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) pornographic; or (c) harmful to minors. Additionally, our internet safety policies provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response. By completing and submitting this form, parents/guardians permit Rod Wood and other designated volunteers to deliver instructional content directly to their youth (grades 6-12) and for their youth (grades 6-12) to participate in online communications. Parents/guardians will be notified of online activities. Parents/guardians acknowledge their acceptance of the responsibility of their youth’s internet safety and commit to the following: 1) Having a trusted adult monitoring youth who use the internet to access content and online interactions; 2) Using tools such as parental controls and other filters to protect youth's internet access, as described above. (Parental controls can be found under privacy settings of most devices, browsers and applications. Internet service providers also have information about parental control and filters.)
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