Sat 13 Jul 2019 20:04

Malton and Norton RUFC Minis and Junior Section Communication Policy

Anything posted online connected with Malton and Norton RUFC must adhere to Safeguarding policy and follow the RFU core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.

Coaches should avoid having direct personal communication with children unless in exceptional circumstances and coaches and club officials should not communicate with children through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, nor should they be “friends” with children or comment on their status.

Facebook pages shall be closed groups for members only. In the case of the Minis section, members must be parents/guardians only. No children under 13 are permitted to join any of the closed groups set up on behalf of Malton and Norton RUFC.

An Administrator shall be appointed and be responsible for vetting and accepting members to a closed group and ensure that posted content is appropriate and follows the RFU core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. General guidance is setout below:

• Respect other clubs and their members by refraining from publishing anything which may be construed as derogatory or abusive and being the official view of Malton & Norton RUFC.
• Do not make disrespectful remarks about, other clubs, referees or match officials.
• Avoid naming of children and publishing photographs of children in any item published in Social Media, including personal accounts, without parental consent. If you are unsure DO NOT PUBLISH
• Refrain from using open media, such as Twitter, to publish club/personal information.
• Do not use abusive, derogatory, vulgar or sexual language
• Do not criticise or imply bias
• At all times exercise discretion and respect for clubs, players, fans and the game’s partners

Please note that deleting or apologising publicly for an improper posting does not prevent disciplinary action being taken Re-posting or re-tweeting inappropriate content represents an endorsement of that content and can commence disciplinary action to be taken against individuals.