By Ashley Maier on July 3, 2012 · tagged as , , , ,

Alleviating anxiety around social media as a tool for prevention

Last week, I presented a web conference called Media and Technology in Sexual Violence Prevention for the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP).  A proud “non-techie,” I like to approach these trainings in ways that alleviate anxiety about using these tools for sexual violence prevention.  Often, training participants ask how they can convince leadership at their organizations to embrace the media and tech worlds, using the tools to further their prevention efforts.  They tell me that their leadership hesitates for a number of reasons, many of which are highlighted in this article.  Though directed at small businesses, it applies to our violence prevention work and organizations.  Who hasn’t worried about having adequate time and resources or about the personal/professional divide?  How to Calm Your Social Media Anxiety provides 7 quick and practical ways to calm that anxiety and get the most out of today’s newest platform for prevention work. They are:

1) Treat it like promotion

2) Stick to your marketing goal

3) Pick one platform

4) Shut off the notifications

5) Schedule “social media” time

6) Separate personal vs. professional

7) Practice moderation

Have any more tips to add? Submit them in the comment box below!

Ashley Maier

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Ashley Maier, MSW, MPA, has worked in the movement to end gendered violence for well over a decade. She began as a volunteer at a domestic violence shelter in Illinois, served as a hospital-based advocate in St. Louis, coordinated community health/family violence training programs for pediatric residents in St. Louis and San Diego, and managed Oregon’s Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) grantees and program. Ashley is a contributing author to Lantern Book’s 2013 publication, Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat and is creator of the 2015 book, Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice.

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