Managing privacy settings and communication options for bulk groups of people

Updating communication and privacy options is easy enough when you want to do it by setting the defaults for any new contacts (in the Address Book's module options - see related article), or when you want to change them for only one or two church members - but what if you need to "bulk update" the privacy or communication options for the entire Address Book or Children module, or for groups of people in your church? Here's how...

In this article we'll be working within the Address Book module to make changes to settings for adult contacts. The same process and similar functionality also exists in the Children module for managing the communication options for children.

Go to the "Communication Options" report

Locate the "Communication Options" report in the Address Book > Reports (or Children module > Reports, for children) section.

The report shows you the current privacy settings and communications options for all your contacts (or children); and allows you to change them.

Here's what the Children's module Communication Options report looks like. There are no privacy settings for the Children module as My ChurchSuite is only currently for adult contacts in the Address Book. Note that the parent communication options are included.

Filter the report by tag

By default the report displays a list of all active people for the module being viewed. Using the report's filters, you can optionally filter the list by one or more Tags, allowing you to visualise and update the privacy and communication options set for just those tagged contacts. Click Generate whenever you change the report's filters.

Edit the settings for the filtered list of people

Having filtered the report to display just the contacts or children for whom you wish to edit the privacy or communication options for, click the Edit settings button at the top of the page. The settings you are about to change will be applied to all contacts or children currently being viewed - either all contacts (or children), or a filtered list based on the tags selected. Before proceeding with changes, check that you are viewing the intended list of people!

The Edit Contact Communication Settings (or "Edit Child Communication Settings") pop-up window is displayed. For each communication and privacy option you can now select whether each person's current option setting should be changed to Yes, No, or Not Changed.

Working down the list of options, select the appropriate response from the drop-down list - the default is to not change the current option value.

For children communication options, note that linked parent communication options are edited using the Address Book Communication Options report - therefore only parent communication options for unlinked children can be edited here within the Children module report - i.e. only those children whose parents don't exist in your Address Book, and are instead recorded against each unlinked child's profile.

Once you are happy, click Save to update the communication and privacy options for all the people listed in your report. Where a person's options have been updated/changes, a changes log will be added and is visible in the Recent Activity section of their profile page in the respective module.

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