It’s an online world and when it comes to sport, poor conduct is not limited to what happens in the clubhouse, at training, on the field or sidelines, it happens online too.
Sport clubs should be proactive with their eSafety policies and practices—to identify online risks and ways to better manage social media use and online behaviour by managers, coaches, officials, participants, parents/carers and volunteers.
What club committees can do
There are 8 key steps club committees should follow to create safe and fair clubs. These are essential foundations to eSafety management and other issues.
Specifically, when it comes to eSafety consider:
- Be familiar with the existing policies your sport likely has in this area eg. social media/technology policy, Member Protection Policy and/or Codes of Conduct. These are generally set by your national or state peak body.
- Use the National Office for eSafety checklist for creating a eSafe club – a great guide for everything you need to consider
- Refer to Play by the Rules social media guide for club committees
- Talk to members, in meetings, inductions, newsletters or education sessions, about your policies and expectations for online behaviour.