6. SAFEGUARDING IN THE DIGITAL WORLD
We all benefit from the digital world – it’s a good place when used appropriately.
Ordering a pair of shin pads, getting team results, communicating a change of venue, promoting an end-of-season BBQ, the latest England team news, coaching tips, booking a referee course or setting up a club website…they’re all positive.
The Nottinghamshire FA encourages the appropriate use of social media to help run your teams and leagues, communicate with players (via their parents/carers when under-16), and appoint referees, log results and much more.
Whatever way we communicate with children the safeguarding principles remain the same. Retaining boundaries is just as important online as it is offline.
Remember we all create our own digital footprint every time we post comments, photos and videos. Be sure before you post. If you wouldn’t say or do something face-to-face – then don’t do it online.
If you have a role in football then always make sure communications to children are relevant to your role – focus on the football, don’t share personal info or comments.
Dealing with inappropriate behavior online
Children/young people should be advised to always tell an adult they trust about communications that make them feel uncomfortable or where they’ve been asked not to tell their parent/carer about the communication.
Always report any inappropriate communications you receive from a child.