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Social Media Advisory Counsel Formed in Aftermath of Steubenville Rape Case

October 3, 2014

sma-counsel-logoOn August 11, 2012, the unthinkable in social media happens in my hometown community.   Read here for details regarding the Steubenville  rape case.

As a part of my work as a lawyer, I have given several presentations/talks about social media (both pros and cons for the professional, the business, and the student).  We also have drafted several social media policies for various entities.  In the aftermath of the Steubenville rape case, my firm was contacted to assist the Social Media Advisory Counsel (SMAC) with obtaining its 501(c)(3) non profit status.

Just last week on September 30, 2014, SMAC kicked off with a press conference at the Millsop Community Center in Weirton, WV.  View television coverage of the press conference here.  (that is me live tweeting about the event on my iPhone).

Established in June 2013, the Counsel’s mission is to advocate acceptable ways to communicate on different social media platforms and to bring this information to schools, businesses, government agencies, civic groups and associations in our community.

You can view their website at for information and safety tips on all leading social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Twitter and much more. Also included is the “4Way Test” (same test employed by Rotary members) for good communicating on any social media platform.

Some important things to remember while using social media include:

  • Is it the Truth?
  • Is it fair to all involved?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendship?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Using these four questions, we can all help to build healthy and positive communication on all levels.  Other ways to help include to use the website and tell others about it and send in good examples to be posted on the website.   You can also support the Rotary Club of Weirton Heights’ Annual Mardi Gras on February 14, 2015.  Proceeds will be going to SMAC.

We will keep you posted re: SMAC’s ongoings.  There is definitely a continued and growing need for education regarding the use of social media in our society.  Our firm is proud to work with SMAC.

For more information, contact SMAC Director, Dave Whalen at 304.676.5866

Authors: Salene Kraemer and Stephanie O’Brien

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