[Sayma-Discuss] Fwd: QOF Online resources for youth

Tim Lamm tlamm at chpl.net
Fri Aug 24 10:08:53 EDT 2007

Dan Treadway,

I recommend that you look into using a private blog.  You probably know that a blog is like an online journal to which contributors can post text and pictures and readers can add comments. Blogs usually allow anyone to be a reader, but you can set one up to allow only a prescribed list of people to be readers and another list to be contributors.  Only the owner(s) of the blog can change these lists. Blogs are free and easy to set up and maintain.  See www.blogger.com for example.

Tim Lamm, Web Manager
Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting
Religious Society of Friends
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Free Polazzo 
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  Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2007 5:09 PM
  Subject: [Sayma-Discuss] Fwd: QOF Online resources for youth

  Hi Friends,

  I saw this request for assistance on the Quaker Outreach Forum and wondered if someone in SAYMA might know of what this Friend searches for.
  It occurred to me that SAYMA might want to also have a way for teens to visit between retreats, using the internet.


    Hello all,

    Here in Iowa YM (Conservative) most of our meetings are not very big, 
    without enough youngsters to make a solid social group locally. Many 
    of our young people are the only Quaker in their class at school. 
    We've been putting on yearly meeting wide retreats a few times a year 
    and have a group that really enjoys the fellowship.

    This summer we asked for feedback and got lots of helpful suggestions. 
    One that came from the youngsters themselves was that they would like 
    a way to stay in touch between retreats. What a couple of them asked 
    for specifically was a "pravate chat room". Since I work with 
    computers for a living, I was asked to look into it. (Not that I have 
    any experience with chat rooms, or anything more complicated than 
    email lists.)

    I think a chat room by itself wouldn't necessarily be the best thing, 
    because it would be hard to coordinate getting enough people there at 
    once. I thought maybe if there were a web-based bulletin board that 
    could be a good starting place. If there were a chat function, too, 
    so much the better. But we'd want at least part of it to be private, 
    just for IYM youth and their adult sponsors.

    Is anybody out there doing anything similar? Can Yahoo groups of 
    Google groups be made sufficiently private (so converstaions don't 
    show up in search engine results, and aren't visible to non-members)? 
    Are there other resources that I should investigate?

    It would also be helpful if anyone has some policies for such an 
    effort. The youngsters would probably prefer their parents not have 
    access, but I don't think I would want to be in the position of 
    telling a parent he or she can't know what's there. So I think my 
    first policy would be that parents can join and view. Can parents 
    participate, too?

    I appreciate any help folks can offer!

    Dan Treadway
    P. O. Box 72 Gilbert IA 50105
    treadway at netins.net


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