Social Media Safety
Staying safe online and especially on social media, has never been a bigger concern for individuals and organisations alike – including local sports clubs.
While social media provides excellent tools for helping your club engage with members and the public, it can also present a number of risks such as:
- Cyber bullying- through posts which are upsetting to people and often inaccurate
- Causing offence to individuals, or other clubs and organisations
- Exposure to inappropriate content, or nasty comments and pictures
Developing a Social Media Policy and nominating a Social Media Officer are great first steps to being safe on social media. Read more below:
Develop a social media policy
Developing a social media policy that sets out how it should be used and managed to protect your club and your members is a good place to start. You don’t need to start from scratch, many of the behaviours and actions you would consider to be unacceptable in the ‘real’ world, are also unacceptable online. So make your social media safety policy an extension of your code of conduct or use our template to get you started.
Nominate a social media officer
Child protection online
The Child Protection Support Unit (CPSU) has a wealth of resources available, including an online webinar, to help you and your sports club understand and prevent the safeguarding risks posed to children and young people from online media.