Our club is on social media and/or is considering setting up an account, what are the policies regarding youth?

Created by Rebecca Chapman, Modified on Mon, 20 Jan 2020 at 09:57 AM by George Wells

Remember you must always adhere to The FA’s guidance on Photography and film where under-18s could be involved.
It can be quite a lot of work to set-up, update and moderate the pages effectively so you need to ensure the club official responsible is willing to put in this time and effort. It’s accessible.
Older players and parents will be using the social media websites, perhaps on a daily basis from their mobile phones as well as their home or work computers. It’s easily accessible for you and your officials to update too. If your club has a Facebook site or Twitter account, make sure that the passwords are recorded so that they can be passed on to the next manager, Chairman or club official who takes responsibility for updating these sites.
Remember your social media sites belong to the club not the person who is in charge of the club at that time.
These usernames and passwords should be protected to ensure only the agreed club officials can update your social media pages. Officials should moderate sites and pages daily if possible to ensure nothing inappropriate is written by a third party. 
You need to be aware of the pitfalls of using social media. Ensure you read through The FA’s Best practice guidelines to ensure your club members are safeguarded and The FA Rules and Regulations are not broken. Both individuals and grassroots clubs were charged last season for bringing the game into disrepute when offensive comments were posted on Twitter and/or their own websites. In addition, you can find out more information from your County FA Welfare Officer if you have any additional questions concerning youth football. 

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