Public Information

Social Media Policy

We believe in the importance of protecting the privacy of children online. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) governs the information gathered online from or about children under the age of 13. Verifiable consent from a child’s parent or guardian is required before collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from a child under age 13. Our site is not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under age 13. If you believe that we have received information from or about children under age 13, please contact us.

Posts and content (including pictures, usernames or e-mail addresses) that contain any of the following shall not be allowed:
  • Obscene, profane, violent, threatening, hateful, harassing or offensive language or content
  • Personal attacks of any kind, including comments that target, disparage or discriminate against any race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, physical appearance, sexual orientation, financial status, or any protected category under the law.
  • Defamation or accusations of criminal, unethical or immoral conduct or activities
  • Sexual content, references or innuendos, or links to any such material and content
  • Solicitations of commerce or advertisements not authorized by the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County
  • Hyperlinks to third party websites unless posted by the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County or approved authorized users for links to partnered/sponsored organizations and bona-fide agencies authorized by the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County or as the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County deems appropriate in its sole discretion
  • Conduct or encouragement of illegal activity
  • Content or comments that compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems
  • Invasion of an individual’s right to privacy
  • Content that violates a legal ownership interest of any other party
  • Promoting or opposing political campaigns or ballot measures
  • Spam or suspected spam, or any links to such content

Compliance

All social media communications, messages and comments are subject to State of Florida open records laws. All of the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County social media sites shall comply with Chapter 119 of Florida State Statutes. The Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County will retain all social media content and interactions on The Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County owned social media accounts in accordance with applicable law. Wherever possible, such sites shall clearly indicate that any articles and other content posted or submitted for posting are currently subject to public disclosure.

The social media tools used by the Council are intended to be “family friendly”. When applicable, the Council uses platform provided content moderation/filtering options to limit foul or obscene content. We retain the discretion to determine if comments violate our policy and reserve the right to remove and/or disallow those comments to be posted, subject to applicable public records laws. Removal of posts does not mean destruction of posts. We recognize that social media and its platforms are available 24/7 and comments can be posted at any time. However, as responsible stewards of local resources, moderating and posting comments should only be expected to occur during normal business hours.