22/01/2014 08:16 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 16:01 GMT

Church Of England Issues 9 Social Media Commandments

Social media users are being asked to consider 'Would I want God to read this?' (file picture)

A comprehensive guide to social media has been issued to clergy and staff of the Church of England.

Drawn up by the Bath and Wells diocese, it comprises of nine commandments, which give guidance on how to spread the Christian message online.

Would I want God to read this? And what would my mother think? Are among the scenarios tweeters are asked to consider before putting finger to keyboard.

The guidelines were tweeted (natch) on Tuesday and can be viewed here:

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The church adds: “Social media is immediate, interactive, conversational and open-ended. This sets it apart from other forms of communication and demands a new way of thinking. As well as the many opportunities, users should also be aware of (though not put off by) the associated risks.

“Essentially, you should participate online in the same way as you would in any other public forums. Your actions should be consistent with your work and Christian values and you take responsibility for the things you do, say or write.