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Keep youth safe in online group environments

Many 4-H clubs, groups, and programs are connecting online. The University of Minnesota and Minnesota 4-H remain committed to providing a safe environment for teaching, learning and community outreach.

As more virtual programs are planned and delivered, we’ve expanded our practices for keeping young people safe online.

In this guide you’ll find ways to:

  • Set up the online program for security and safety.
  • Apply the 4-H code of conduct and report incidents.
  • Implement online programming expectations for staff, volunteers and youth.

Our existing risk management and program practices remain in place: 

  • A minimum of two Minnesota 4-H volunteers and/or Extension employees must be present online to ensure a safe learning environment.
  • All youth participants must be enrolled or registered.
  • The Minnesota 4-H code of conduct (youth, volunteer, parent/guardian) extends to online environments.
  • The online experience must be publicly scheduled, and an Extension employee notified. The connection link should not be listed publicly; that should be provided to members using other media (e.g., email).

Check out this guide for ideas on staying connected with 4-H groups while physically apart or contact your 4-H Extension educator. Thank you for planning for safe online learning environments for our young people.