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Rotary District 7930

Social Media Guidelines

October 1, 2018

Dear Rotary Youth Exchange Students,

We recognize that in today’s world young people are often very active on social media and feel they need to be connected electronically. Recent studies have also shown that teenagers can benefit from responsible social media use.

We have, therefore, put together these social media guidelines for our inbound youth-exchange students to help you with being connected in a way that hopefully helps to have a positive impact on your youth-exchange experience.

  1. Disconnect from home

As we have already mentioned to you at the Welcome Picnic, it is very important to disconnect from home for the first 6-8 weeks. This will help you adapt much more quickly to your new surroundings and make new friends here.

Think of it this way: If you spend all your time on Skype, FaceTime, Facebook, and WhatsApp interacting with friends and family back home, you are not present here and now and cannot make new friends or establish a great relationship with your new host family.

  1. Use English

Feel free to continue sharing your experiences on Social Media, such as Instagram, Facebook, or SnapChat, but make sure you only use English to describe your photos and experiences. If your friends from back home comment on your posts, you can reply to them, but again please use English. The more you train your brain to use English all the time, the better your language learning progress will be this year, and you will be able to speak English like a native speaker in the spring!

Also, we recommend switching all your devices (phone, laptop, etc.) operating system language to default to English so that you get used to seeing all commands and menus and apps in English.

  1. Connect with new friends and your host family

When you meet new people in school, during after-school sports activities, or through the friends of your host siblings, make sure you exchange your contact information with them, including your cell phone# as well as social media contacts.

Do the same with your host family members. Connect with them on all social media platforms, and engage. This will help you build new friendships faster and also find out about upcoming activities in your new circle of friends.

  1. Connect with Rotary

Make sure you use Social Media to also connect with Rotary District 7930 on Instagram and Facebook, as well as with your hosting Rotary Club, and with the entire Youth-Exchange team of District 7930, and – where appropriate – tag District 7930 and your Rotary Club in any posts of Rotary-related events and activities:

  1. Use Hashtags

For your Social Media posts we recommend that you include the following three hashtags in addition to whichever tags describe the image or other content you are posting:

  1. Link to our District Youth Exchange website

If you want to tell people about where they can find more information about the youth exchange program in our district, please refer them to this site: